Cookes House

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Cookes House
Cookes House.jpg
Cookes House, November 1962
Cookes House is located in Pennsylvania
Cookes House
Cookes House is located in the US
Cookes House
Location 438-440 Cookes House Ln., York, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°57′18″N 76°44′9″W / 39.95500°N 76.73583°W / 39.95500; -76.73583Coordinates: 39°57′18″N 76°44′9″W / 39.95500°N 76.73583°W / 39.95500; -76.73583
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1761
Architectural style Georgian, Other, Germanic and Provencial
NRHP reference # 72001182[1]
Added to NRHP October 5, 1972

Cookes House, also known as Tom Paine's House, is a historic home located at York, Pennsylvania, York County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1761, and is a two-story, Germanic and Provincial Georgian influenced stone dwelling. About 1800, it was converted to a double house. It is the third oldest building in York, after the Gen. Horatio Gates House and Golden Plough Tavern. It is believed to have been the home of Thomas Paine (1737–1809), while the Second Continental Congress convened in York, September 30, 1777 to June 27, 1778.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1] York Mayor-Elect, current City Council Chairman, and Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Michael Helfrich, currently resides as the sole occupant.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Pennsylvania Register of Historic Sites and Landmarks (March 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Cookes House" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-18. 

Conversion to double house occurred between 1900 and 1920, not 1800

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