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Cornwall was once part of the Western Lands, surveyed in 1731. At an auction in Fairfield in 1738, the town was sold in 50 shares and named Cornwall. It was incorporated in 1740.

In the early 19th century Cornwall Hollow was a very prosperous community. In its heyday the hollow was thought to be unsurpassed in culture and prosperity. Numerous industries, including sawmills, furnaces, a blacksmith shop, and a store, occupied the area in and around the crossroads at Cadds Mills.

Although not originally set aside as a green, the site of the Sedgwick Memorial is a charming greenspace that is now generally considered to be the Cornwall Hollow Green. The Cornwall Hollow Baptist Church, built in 1820, is adjacent to the green. By 1935 the church had been abandoned, and for many years was used as a private residence. In recent years the building has been used as a private hall.

The Sedgwick Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 1892. The monument was designed by Architect George Keller and paid for by Carl Stoeckel, a friend of General Sedgwick's sister. Memorial services have been held on the green on the 100th (1964) and 125th (1989) anniversaries of Sedgwick's death. Henry Steele Comminger spoke at the 100th anniversary.

Today the green and monument are badly neglected and in a state of disrepair.

This space is significant as a memorial to Major General John Sedgwick, a hero of the Civil War, and as the center of a prosperous 19th-century community.



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