Municipality: Plainfield, NH
Location: Corner Westgate Road and Route 12A
Site Type: House
LOUIS EVAN SHIPMAN 1869 - 1933 and ELLEN MCGOWAN BIDDLE SHIPMAN 1869 - 1950
Louis and his wife Ellen Biddle first came to Cornish in 1893 as part of the literary set that followed the artists. For two summers with Herbert Croly and his wife, they shared the Frank Johnson farmhouse, the place that became the "Barberry House," the home of Homer and Carlota Saint-Gaudens. Then they took a ten-year lease and paid for "Poins House," the old brick tavern-house originally known as the Hall house on the corner of Route 12A and Westgate Road in Plainfield Village, with "the money which Mr. Shipman received for his story, The Curious Courtship of Kate Poins."(2) So anxious was Ellen Shipman to stake out her claim to a Cornish address that on the reverse of one of her calling cards, she wrote "Geographically in Plainfield, Socially in Cornish."