DescriptionThe New Rochelle area was settled in 1688 by Huguenot refugees who named their community after their old home, La Rochelle, in France. New Rochelle grew quickly due to its healthy shipbuilding industry, its location as a key port of trade with New York City and other nearby harbors and its position on the strategic Boston Post Road, the major route to cities farther north.
In the 1890s the town became a popular retreat for noted actors, artists and authors, including Eddie Foy, Agnes Booth and Frederic Remington. The town still is known as a wealthy suburb of commuters who work in New York City.
The Thomas Paine Cottage, 20 Sicard Ave., was the home of the American political theorist and writer. A museum 100 yards north houses Thomas Paine artifacts. Both are open to the public. Phone (914) 633-1776 for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday hours and fees.
Visitor InfoNew Rochelle Chamber of Commerce 591 Main St. NEW ROCHELLE, NY 10801. Phone:(914)632-5700