Cornish celebrates its 250 Anniversary this year and on Friday, Jan. 18 at 5:00 pm, it starts the yearlong celebration with a tree lighting ceremony and winter carnival. Founded in 1763 Cornish was once known as Mast Camp, because it was the shipping point for the tall masts floated down the river by English settlers. The town was Incorporated in 1765 by Colonial Governor Bennie Wentworth and named for Sir Samuel Cornish a distinguished vice-admiral of the Royal Navy.
Sculpture Augusta St. Gaudens moved to Cornish and among the earliest to follow he were painter Henry O. Walker; architect, painter and etcher Charles Platt; painter and etcher Stephen Parrish and his son, illustrator and painter, Maxfield, and painter and art critic Kenyon Cox, all bought land and built residences in the 1890s. President Woodrow Wilson spent some summers in Cornish and made author Winston Churchill’s “Harlakenden House” his summer White House from 1913-1915.