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More Information About Cowen’s Corner
Cowen’s Corner is a community in Rochester MA and includes 3 19th century homes located on the intersection of Burgess Road and Neck Road. These 3 houses were built by members of the Cowen family, which were known locally for their skills in carpentry as well as furniture making. The area was sparsely settled in the 19th and 20th Century and remains so to this day, with large fields and land between each home. The Cowen family continue to live in Cowen’s Corner. The oldest of the 3 houses is was built by Israel Cowen in 1810. This house was owned by Israel Cowen until 1854. By the year 1879, the property was then owned by J.D. Wester and then by Charles S. Ashley, the mayor of New Bedford at the time, in the early 1900’s. It was purchased by John Gayoski and his wife Mary and owned by them until at least 1969.
The Jonathan Cowen house, located at 7 Burgess Ave., was built in 1828 by Jonathan Cowen, son of Israel Cowen. This building had a few different owners in the early 20th Century, such as The Cape Cod Cranberry Company, the Collins family and George and Alice Bourget. from 1950 on the building was owned by Harry A. Brown and his wife Helena. The Seth Cowen house was built by Israel Cowen’s other son, Seth, in 1828 at 221 Neck Rd. Seth’s 2 sons George and Chester also lived here with their father. South of this home was known as “Shop” which is no longer in existence. Several members of the Cowen family lived on Rochester Ave such as Charles E. Cowen, Chester H. Cowen, George A. Cowen and Joseph H. Cowen.
Chester an his wife Bertha lived here until 1933. The area south of Scraggy Neck had been farmed for around 175 tears beginning with the construction of the 1st Cowen residence in the area. The intersection of Cowen’s Corner was constructed in the early 1800s by the creation of Neck Rd as well as Burgess Rd. These roads were created to connect different family lands in central-north Rochester. This illustrates how single family settlements were often the beginning stages of rural crossroad communities that grew with each new generation of the family.
Information Source > MA Historical Society
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