History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Built in 1790 by Major James C. Cochran for his father Doctor John Cochran, on land given him in partial payment for his services as Director General of hospitals through the Revolutionary War. Located a little east of Fort Klock on Route 5.
General Cochran was a close friend of General Washington. After the war, he was appointed by Washington as Commissioner of Loans. A stroke disabled the doctor, and he moved to his home at St. Johnsville, where he died in 1803. He was buried in Utica. Two sons, James and Walter were Army officers. In the early 1800's the Cochrans moved out of the area.
Much of the furniture in this house was from General Washington to his friend. Some of it came from Washington's Headquarters at Newburgh. Local tradition says that the historic site in Newburgh purchased some of the historical furniture back for display at the headquarters.
Reference: Forts and Firesides of the Mohawk Country by John J. Vrooman, Published by Baronet Litho Co., Inc., Johnstown, NY 1951
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