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Cornwall is a town in Orange County, New York, United States.As of the 2010 census, the population was at 12,646.He in turn sold it to Benjamin Gatfield, in whose family it would remain for almost a century.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Carvey had bought the property from William Robinson, two owners removed from Bobbin, to support his mill on a nearby stream.
Cornwall on the west side of the Hudson became especially popular as a health retreat, offering numerous boarding houses and many conveniences of the day, including accessibility to the railroad and steamboats, as well as a telegraph office and large library.
Nathaniel Parker Willis, one of the Knickerbocker writers, enjoyed the time he spent here so much he bought property in Cornwall, establishing a country home he called Idlewild.
Until the early 20th century, city folk flocked to the Valley to experience the therapeutic powers they believed it to hold.
The mountains, fresh air and evergreen forests were thought to offer the perfect conditions for good health and they were not far from the city.
Hiking, rowing, swimming, fishing, hunting and biking all contributed to the development in the area of summer camps as well as the notion of the summer vacation. Archer Clark built the Italianate building to house his butcher shop around 1875, after an 1870 fire destroyed his earlier quarters.