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.
It would continue in existence in that building for a century.
Located about 50 miles north of New York City on the western shore of the Hudson River, Cornwall has become a bedroom community for New York City.
Commuter rail service is available via the Salisbury Mills–Cornwall train station, operated by NJ Transit, and several other nearby stations on Metro-North Railroad.
His many writings on the area helped make Cornwall a popular spot for health-seekers.