THOMAS PAINE

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
People
Location
20 Sicard Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804, USA
Lat/Long
40.9344821, -73.79115200000001
Grant Recipient
Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association
Historic Marker

THOMAS PAINE

Inscription

THOMAS PAINE
AUTHOR OF COMMON SENSE AND
THE AMERICAN CRISIS. 1784 NYS
GAVE HIM A FARM ON THIS SITE
SEIZED FROM A LOYALIST.
PAINE BURIED HERE UNTIL 1819.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

English-born Thomas Paine was a prolific writer. His publication Common Sense was a strong defense of American independence and, some say, helped inspire the Declaration of Independence. However, by 1784 he was destitute. The New York legislature granted him land because of his financial state and “…for the eminent services rendered by him to the United States of America”. This site is the remaining portion of about 300 acres of farmland. Paine lived in the cottage until 1806 and, after his death in 1809, was buried on the property. In 1819, his body was disinterred and taken to England; it whereabouts today are unknown.