Benjamin Bowen House

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Benjamin Bowen House
Benjamin Bowen House Jul 10.jpg
Benjamin Bowen House, July 2010
Benjamin Bowen House is located in New York
Benjamin Bowen House
Benjamin Bowen House is located in the US
Benjamin Bowen House
Location 7482 Main St., Newport, New York
Coordinates 43°11′16″N 75°3′9″W / 43.18778°N 75.05250°W / 43.18778; -75.05250Coordinates: 43°11′16″N 75°3′9″W / 43.18778°N 75.05250°W / 43.18778; -75.05250
Area 1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built 1812
Architectural style Federal
NRHP Reference # 98001342[1]
Added to NRHP November 5, 1998

Benjamin Bowen House, also known as "What Cheer Hall," is a historic home located at Newport in Herkimer County, New York. It is a two story, nearly square limestone block residence in the Federal style. Also on the property is a stone smokehouse.[2]

What Cheer Hall was built in 1812 by Benjamin Bowen (1759-1824) who came from Rhode Island with the financial backing of his brothers, Dr. William Bowen and Ephraim Bowen Esq. to establish a saw mill, a grist mill, a distillery, and the Newport Cotton Manufacturing Co. along the banks of the West Canada Creek using a dam and diversion canal. Bowen left Newport for Tennessee after suffering financial losses in 1815. His daughter, Lydia, eventually acquired the property and it was subsequently passed down through the generations through her oldest stepson, Standish Barry Jr., until 1944. Since then the house has had a new family about every ten years.[2]

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Raymond W. Smith (September 1998). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Benjamin Bowen House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-01-14.  See also: "Accompanying nine photos".