New Castle

New Castle was originally inhabited by several Native American tribes, including the Siwanoy and the Wappinger. Portions of New Castle were initially purchased in 1640 by Nathaniel Turner from Ponas Sagamore, chief of the Siwanoy. In 1661, John Richbell purchased land, including all of present-day New Castle, from the Siwanoy. In 1696, Caleb Heathcote purchased that tract of land from Richbell’s widow. What is present-day New Castle was originally incorporated as part of the town of North Castle, which was jokingly referred to as “the two saddlebags,” in 1736. The first European settlers in the area were Quakers, who settled in present-day Chappaqua in 1753 and constructed a meeting house, which still stands today on Quaker Street. The town of New Castle broke away from North Castle in 1791.

New Castle has several locations on the National Register of Historic Places, including The Williams-DuBois House, Old Chappaqua Historic District, and Isaac Young House.[2] Two buildings from Horace Greeley’s former farm are also on the National Historic Register, including the Greeley House, which houses the headquarters for the New Castle Historical Society, and Rehoboth, the first concrete barn in the country.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Castle,_New_York

Baldwin

Baldwin is a town in Chemung County, New York, United States. The population was 832 at the 2010 census.[1] The town name is derived from Thomas and Waterman Baldwin, two of the earliest settlers of the area. The town is east of Elmira. It is part of the Elmira Metropolitan Statistical Area.

While it is most likely that hunters and trappers passed though the area in earlier years, Baldwin was first settled around 1813, credit given to Charles and Warren Granger as being the first white settlers to the area. The brothers put down roots on what was first called “Hammond Corners” and would later become North Chemung. The trek to their new home would have been difficult, due in part to thick virgin forest and ravines as well as swampland thick with underbrush.

Soon after the Granger brothers, Henry Tice came to Hammond Corners with his family from Ulster County in downstate New York in 1815. Also in 1815 came Jason Hammond with his five sons, Elisha, James, Robert, David and Cornelius. In the years that followed many more families came from New England, including Peter McCumber for whom the area known as “McCumber Corners” is named. Other families were the Whitakers, Collsons, Browns, Elstons, Drakes and many more. Many of these families still reside in the township or have close ties.

The first church society was organized in 1818 with worship services being held in various citizens’ homes. It wasn’t until 1852 that a church was built to serve all different faiths of the community. This church is the one that is still in use in North Chemung known as the United Methodist Church. In 1910 a church was built in Hicks, and it too continues to be used.

The first school in Baldwin was started in 1819 with the children taught by John Tuthill Jr in a cabin owned by John Brooks. The first schoolhouse was built in 1821 at the corner of the North Chemung Cemetery. In 1869 a new schoolhouse was built across the road and is still standing. It has been a store, a private home and now belongs to the United Methodist Church primarily used to house the local food pantry.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin,_Chemung_County,_New_York

Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Heights is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Yorktown in Westchester County, New York, United States. A census designated place (CDP) is a concentration of population identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes. The population of the Yorktown Heights CDP was 1,781 at the 2010 census.[

Yorktown Heights is located in the Town of Yorktown, New York. The Town of Yorktown is a community in Northern Westchester County, 45 miles from New York City, with forty square miles of rolling hills, farmland, residential areas and light industry including the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. First settled in 1683, Yorktown was of strategic importance during the American Revolution, with the Pines Bridge crossing of the Croton River guarded by the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, an integrated unit which included African Americans and Indians. Yorktown was incorporated in 1788 and named in commemoration of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown, Virginia. The Yorktown Heights Railroad Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorktown_Heights,_New_York

Yorktown

Yorktown is a town that lies on the north border in Westchester County, New York, in a suburb approximately 38 miles (61 km) north of midtown Manhattan. The population was 36,081 at the 2010 census.

Yorktown has a rich historical heritage beginning with the earliest known inhabitants—Mohegan, Osceola, Amawalk, Kitchawan, and Mohansic peoples—after which local places were named.[citation needed] Most of Yorktown was part of the Manor of Cortlandt, a Royal Manor established by King William III for the Van Cortlandt family.[citation needed]

The Croton River, which runs through the southern part of Yorktown, was dammed by New York City to provide its first major source of clean and reliable water. The first Croton Dam was located in Yorktown and broke in 1842, causing significant damage to property and major loss of life.[citation needed]
First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown in Crompond on a vintage postcard

During the American Revolution, Yorktown was of strategic importance, with the Pines Bridge crossing guarded by a regiment of Rhode Island troops made up mostly of African Americans, who were massacred at the Davenport House in Croton Heights. A memorial to them was erected at the Presbyterian Church in Crompond, New York.[citation needed] Major John André, a British officer who communicated with Benedict Arnold, ate his final breakfast at the Underhill House on Hanover Street just before his capture and eventual hanging as a spy.[citation needed]

In 1788, the township was officially incorporated as Yorktown, commemorating the decisive Revolutionary War Battle of Yorktown, near Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781.

Moving north after the battle of Yorktown, the French army camped at the site of today’s French Hill Elementary School, where cannonballs and other relics have been found.[citation needed] Although rumors claim that George Washington passed through Yorktown, no factual records confirm this.[citation needed]

During the town’s bicentennial in 1988, Yorktowners honored their historic heritage, including that of the 19th and 20th centuries, and commemorated their community’s participation in events that led up to the birth and growth of the United States. A Bicentennial Committee reviewed the town’s remaining historic sites and determined which should be preserved as a link between the Yorktown of yesterday and the Yorktown of tomorrow.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorktown,_New_York

Yonkers

Yonkers (US /ˈjɑːŋkərz/[3]) is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. state of New York (behind New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester), and the most populous city in Westchester County, with a population of 195,976 (according to the 2010 Census). It is an inner suburb of New York City, directly to the north of the Bronx and approximately two miles (3 km) north of the northernmost point in Manhattan.

Yonkers’s downtown is centered on a plaza known as Getty Square, where the municipal government is located. The area also houses significant local businesses and non-profits, and serves as a major retail hub for Yonkers and the northwest Bronx.

The city is home to several attractions, including the Hudson River Museum; Saw Mill River Daylighting, wherein a parking lot was removed to uncover a river; Science Barge; Sherwood House; and Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track that has renovated its grounds and clubhouse and added legalized video slot machine gambling in 2006 in a “racino” called Empire City.

Major shopping areas can be found in Getty Square, on South Broadway, at the Cross County Shopping Center and Westchester’s Ridge Hill, and along Central Park Avenue, informally called “Central Ave” by area residents, a name it takes officially a few miles north in White Plains.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yonkers,_New_York

White Plains

White Plains is a city in Westchester County, New York. It is the county seat and commercial hub of Westchester, an affluent suburban county just north of New York City that is home to almost one million people. White Plains is located in south-central Westchester, with its downtown (Mamaroneck Avenue) 25 miles (40 km) north of Midtown Manhattan.

As of 2013, the city’s total population was estimated to be 57,866, up from 56,853 at the 2010 census.[3] According to the city government, the daytime weekday population is estimated at 250,000.[4] The city was ranked third in the top 10 places to live in New York for 2014, according to national online real estate brokerage Movoto.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Plains,_New_York

West Harrison

Harrison is a village and town located in Westchester County, New York, approximately 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Manhattan. The population was 27,472 at the 2010 census.[2] Harrison was ranked sixth in the list of the top 10 places to live in New York State for 2014 according to the national online real estate brokerage Movoto.[3]

According to Forbes, Harrison is the 326th wealthiest place in the United States with a median sale price of $1,230,625, slightly below that of Chappaqua.[4] Fundera ranked Harrison the best place in New York for small business.

Companies based in Harrison include Transamerica Retirement Solutions, MasterCard, and PepsiCo, on the renowned platinum mile.
Corporate headquarters

These include the MasterCard headquarters, MasterCard International Global Headquarters,[24][25][26] and PepsiCo.[27] Atlas Air and subsidiary Polar Air Cargo have their headquarters in Purchase.[28][29] Texaco’s headquarters, a 750,000-square-foot (70,000 m2) building, was in Harrison.[30][31][32] In 2002, after Chevron and Texaco merged, Chevron sold the former Texaco headquarters to Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley bought the building and the surrounding 107 acres (0.43 km2) for $42 million.[30] Previously, Lenovo had its U.S. headquarters in Purchase. In 2006, the company announced it was moving to Morrisville, North Carolina.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison,_New_York

Waccabuc

Waccabuc is a hamlet and lake in the town of Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York. Lake Waccabuc is known by many outside of the town for its Castle Rock.[1]

Waccabuc is considered “New York’s Secret Suburb” and is home to a “collection of privacy-loving C.E.O.’s and bright stars in other firmaments,” according to an Upstart Business Journal article about the tremendous number of notable residents in a hamlet of just a few hundred people.[2]

Before becoming its own hamlet, Waccabuc was originally a vacation retreat established by the Mead family, who are considered one of the First Families of Westchester. The retreat prided itself for having no “tramps, bars, or malaria.”[3] A couple of the hamlet’s handful of roads, such as “Tarry-a-Bit,” are named after the vacation house they originally served.[3] Waccabuc Country Club’s main clubhouse sits at the site of one of the original vacation houses.[4]

On July 1, 1956, Marilyn Monroe wed Arthur Miller in a Jewish ceremony at a private house in Waccabuc. Their nuptials were celebrated at the home of Miller’s literary agent, Kay Brown. Some 30 friends and relatives attended the hastily arranged party.[5]

The Mead Memorial Chapel and The Homestead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6] The Waccabuc Historic District was listed on July 28, 2015.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waccabuc,_New_York

Verplanck

Verplanck is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Cortlandt, Westchester County, New York. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,729.

Verplanck is the home of a replica of the ship the Half Moon, with which Henry Hudson explored the Hudson River.

Verplanck is also known for its Revolutionary War history, specifically the location of the strategic Kings Ferry between Stony Point and Verplanck’s Point, which George Washington’s army used to cross the Hudson on its march to Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verplanck,_New_York

Valhalla

Valhalla is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) located within the town of Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County, New York, United States. Its population was 3,162 at the 2010 U.S. Census.[1] The name of the community was inspired by a fan of the opera composer Richard Wagner, and the celebrated status of this hamlet comes primarily from its location as the burial places of the remains of numerous well-known people. The name comes from Valhalla, a heavenly abode in Norse mythology

Valhalla is the location of the Mount Pleasant Town Hall as well as the Mount Pleasant Town Pool and Community Center. The main street in Valhalla is Columbus Avenue, which runs the length of the hamlet. Along this road is the Valhalla train station, the Kensico Dam, and Holy Name of Jesus Church, as well as shops and restaurants. The Valhalla ZIP Code (10595) includes portions of the towns of Mount Pleasant, Greenburgh and North Castle. The hamlet is bordered by the North White Plains area of North Castle, the northernmost portion of the town of Greenburgh, and the hamlets of Thornwood and Hawthorne, both within Mount Pleasant. The Valhalla School District, comprising parts of the three towns, is served by the Virginia Road Elementary School, located in the southernmost part of the hamlet in Greenburgh, and the Kensico School and Valhalla Middle and High Schools, all located along Columbus Avenue in Mount Pleasant. Some residents with Valhalla addresses are in the Mount Pleasant Central School District, served by Westlake High School in Thornwood. The Valhalla train station is located right off the Taconic State Parkway, across from the hamlet’s commercial center. The train station is the next major stop of Metro-North Railroad after North White Plains.

The John A. Hartford House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 as a National Historic Landmark.[7] It serves as administrative offices of SUNY Weschester Community College.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valhalla,_New_York