"'The growing popularity of Cornwall has created a want which the following pages are designed to supply,' wrote Lewis Beach in his history of the town published in 1873; among the topics he included were Cornwall's grandeur of scenery and salubrious air, its natural resources and the commercial potential and its wealth of history. Prized today as a valuable guide to early Cornwall, the Beach book in its time was promotional in nature - to publicize the attractions of Cornwall both as a summer resort and as a site for future commerical development." [web ed. note: not unlike this web site today]
"As the Half Moon anchored in the broad bay south of Newburgh, the swift canoes of the Indians shot out from the shore to investigate what kind of a bird their white winged visitors might be. They were of the tribe Warwaronecks, afterwards known as the Murderer's Kill Indians." - Town of Cornwall, by E.M.V. McClean
He called his home Idlewild ... and from there he edited his new magazine, the Home Journal; you may have a copy on your coffee table, though it is now known as Town & Country. Willis often wrote about his new home in the magazine, about the clean country air and vast natural beauty and healthful climate, at a time when privileged New Yorkers, his readership, were growing especially tired of the dirty city air and vast, ugly unhealthiness of urban life. Travel was generally hard in those days, but boating to Cornwall Landing was relatively easy, and Willis’ friends and readers came to check it out.