Westchester County Historical Society

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10/05/2018

Just a reminder that our annual (and final) Giant Tag Sale will take place tomorrow, Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10AM to 4PM at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, NY.

Inside the building we will have costume and fine jewelry, artwork, antiques, bric-a-brac, linens, books, and gently used furniture for sale. Outside the building will have on display household goods, loads of toys and games, and sporting goods. All items have been donated for this sale. A special feature of the Tag Sale will be antique Westchester town maps for sale suitable for framing.
The Tag Sale will run rain or shine, parking is free, and restrooms are located in the building. Cash and checks will be accepted for purchases. Proceeds from the Tag Sale support the Westchester County Historical Society’s mission.

09/26/2018

Our annual (and final) Giant Tag Sale will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10AM to 4PM at 2199 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, NY.

Inside the building we will have costume and fine jewelry, artwork, antiques, bric-a-brac, linens, books, and gently used furniture for sale. Outside the building will have on display household goods, loads of toys and games, and sporting goods. All items have been donated for this sale. A special feature of the Tag Sale will be antique Westchester town maps for sale suitable for framing.
The Tag Sale will run rain or shine, parking is free, and restrooms are located in the building. Cash and checks will be accepted for purchases. Proceeds from the Tag Sale support the Westchester County Historical Society’s mission.

10/05/2017

Our annual Tag Sale will take place on Saturday, October 7, from 10AM to 4PM at 2199 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, NY.
Inside the building we will have costume and fine jewelry, artwork, antiques, bric-a-brac, linens, books, and gently used furniture for sale. Outside the building will have on display household goods, loads of toys and games, and sporting goods. All items have been donated for this sale. A special feature of the Tag Sale will be antique Westchester town maps for sale suitable for framing.
The Tag Sale will run rain or shine, parking is free, and restrooms are located in the building. Cash and checks will be accepted for purchases. Proceeds from the Tag Sale support the Westchester County Historical Society’s mission.

10/07/2016

Just a reminder that our annual Tag Sale is tomorrow, October 8, from 10AM to 4PM at 2199 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, NY.

Inside the building we will have costume and fine jewelry, artwork, antiques, bric-a-brac, linens, books, and gently used furniture for sale. Outside the building will have on display household goods, loads of toys and games, and sporting goods. All items have been donated for this sale. A special feature of the Tag Sale will be antique Westchester town maps for sale suitable for framing.

The Tag Sale will run rain or shine, parking is free, and restrooms are located in the building. Cash and checks will be accepted for purchases. Proceeds from the Tag Sale support the Westchester County Historical Society’s mission.

10/03/2016

The Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society will be holding an Afternoon Lawn Party as the historic Dow School in Briarcliff Manor on Saturday, October 15, from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets are $60 per person. For more information and to order tickets, please visit http://www.briarcliffhistory.org/

09/12/2016
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Check out the blog of White Plains resident Cliff Blau, who is researching the history of the streets of White Plains: http://wpstreets.weebly.com

On November 22, 1683, a group of English settlers from Rye came up an Indian path to meet with the local Weckquaskech Indians at the present day site of the Westchester mall. There they arranged the...

09/09/2016

The Westchester County Historical Society will be holding its 23rd Annual Tag Sale on Saturday, October 8, from 10AM to 4PM at 2199 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, NY.

The largest fundraiser of the year for WCHS, the Tag Sale inside the building will have on display costume and fine jewelry, artwork, antiques, bric-a-brac, linens, books, and gently used furniture for sale. The Tag Sale outside the building will have on display household goods, loads of toys and games, and sporting goods. All items have been donated for this sale. A special feature of the Tag Sale will be antique Westchester town maps for sale suitable for framing.

The Tag Sale will run rain or shine, parking is free, and restrooms are located in the building. Cash and checks will be accepted for purchases. Proceeds from the Tag Sale support the Westchester County Historical Society’s mission.

For more information, call WCHS at (914) 592-4323.

Congratulations to Anthony D'Angelo of Yonkers, winner of the WCHS Tag Sale 50/50 Raffle!   Anthony sent us this note in...
11/12/2015

Congratulations to Anthony D'Angelo of Yonkers, winner of the WCHS Tag Sale 50/50 Raffle! Anthony sent us this note in appreciation.

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10/08/2015

Hello friends of WCHS,

Just a reminder that our annual Giant Tag Sale will take place this Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 10am to 4pm at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford NY. We'll have loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and more. We hope to see you there!

09/03/2015

Hello friends of WCHS,

Our annual Giant Tag Sale will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 10am to 4pm at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford NY. We'll have loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and more. We hope to see you there!

The Harrison Public Library has just launched "Harrison Remembers," an online exhibit that features items relating to tw...
06/25/2015
Harrison Remembers

The Harrison Public Library has just launched "Harrison Remembers," an online exhibit that features items relating to two parts of Harrison's history: "The Hills" community, the largest African-American Community in Westchester county prior to 1870, and the Parsons Memorial School. The exhibit includes items from the Westchester County Historical Society's collection. Check it out here: http://www.harrisonpl.org/harrison-remembers/

brings to life the dynamic history of our community and its people. These images and documents are a compelling testament to the growth and transformation of the Town of Harrison, New York. This is a collaborative effort among the Harrison Public Library, Charles Dawson History Center and Town/Vill…

Gary Denis, a member of WCHS, has just published Sleepy Hollow - Birth of a Legend.  Once Washington Irving's The Legend...
04/27/2015
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Gary Denis, a member of WCHS, has just published Sleepy Hollow - Birth of a Legend. Once Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow first appeared in 1820, readers began to guess at the true identity of the various characters who appeared in the story. Gary has spent seven years investigating where Irving found his inspiration for Ichabod, Katrina and Brom. To learn more about Gary's book, please visit http://www.garydenis.com/

10/10/2014

Just a reminder that our annual Giant Tag Sale will take place on tomorrow, October 11, from 10am to 4pm at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford NY. We'll have loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and more. We hope to see you there!

09/17/2014

Hello friends of WCHS,

Our annual Giant Tag Sale will take place on Saturday, October 11, from 10am to 4pm at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford NY. We'll have loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and more. We hope to see you there!

07/24/2014

Hello friends of WCHS,

We've received a query from a student who is researching her home in Valhalla. She would like to put out a call to see if anyone knows anything about her home. Her message is as follows:

My name is McKenzie Redfern and I am currently a student at Westlake High School. Like many other landmarks in Westchester County, my house has a ton of history. It is currently located at 7 Reeback Drive in Valhalla. It not only used to be a house for William Hunter, who was the cousin of secret double agent, Elijah Hunter, but it also used to function as the Wartburg Farm School, which was an orphanage. In addition, one of the past owners was even the captain of the famous ship Queen Elizabeth 2. My family and I have heard many interesting stories about the history of our house, some are true, and some and not true (I don't think there is a secret passage from my house to the house across the street), and we are encouraging anyone who has any other stories or information about my house to contact me because I am very intrigued, and I intend to write a newspaper article soon. The more information I have, the more interesting my article can be. Anything can help, thank you! My email is mckenzieeredfern[at]gmail.com and you can contact me at (914) 450-6309.

07/01/2014

We are pleased to announce that the WCHS will be co-sponsoring a free lecture series with Lyndhurst, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Below and you will find information regarding the three lectures. They will be held at the Lyndhurst Visitor's Center in the red-brick carriage house complex. Free parking and wheel chair accessible facilities are available. Lyndhurst is located at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown. For more information please call Lyndhurst at (914) 631-4481.

Sunday, July 20, 2:00 pm
Trunks and Travel by Mary Jeanne Bialas

Travel in the 19th century required much more than a one-piece carry-on rolling bag. Find out the intricacies of 19th century travel and how the affluent lugged trunks all over Europe.

Sunday, August 18, 2:00 pm
Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks by Charles Mitchell

Sunday, September 21, 2:00 pm
Alexander Jackson Davis and the Transformation of Hudson Valley Estates by Peter Watson

Noted expert Peter Watson discusses how Lyndhurst architect Alexander Jackson Davis transformed some of the most important estates in the region and invented Hudson Valley architecture.

Good morning members and friends of WCHS,The Spring 2014 issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchas...
05/29/2014

Good morning members and friends of WCHS,

The Spring 2014 issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchase. This issue features two articles. In honor of Kensico Cemetery's 125th anniversary, WCHS Librarian Patrick Raftery chronicles the history of Westchester's largest cemetery. WCHS Trustee Anthony Czarnecki recounts Winston Churchill's 1932 visit to White Plains and the speech that he delivered at the Westchester County Center. To order please visit http://www.westchesterhistory.com/index.php/store/books

01/23/2014

Good afternoon members and friends of WCHS,

We are co-sponsoring a Black History Month event at the Jay Heritage Center in Rye on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. The event will feature two outstanding speakers. Dr. Myra Young Armstead, Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Bard College, will discuss her book, Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America. David Pultz, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, will preview his film, "The Bones Speak: The Spring Street Story." Reservations are requested, and can be made by calling Barbara Specht at the Jay Heritage Center at (914) 698-9275 or emailing her at BJSJHC[at]gmail.com. The Jay Heritage Center is located at 210 Boston Post Road in Rye.

10/11/2013

Hello friends of WCHS! Just a reminder that our annual tag sale will take place tomorrow, October 12, 2013, from 10am to 4pm at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Elmsford, NY. Loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and much, much more can be found at reasonable prices at this ever-popular event. We hope to see you there!

10/07/2013

REMINDER: Our annual tag sale will take place this Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10am to 4pm at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Elmsford, NY. Loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and much, much more can be found at reasonable prices at this ever-popular event. Don’t miss it!

09/13/2013

Our annual tag sale will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10am to 4pm at the Westchester County Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Elmsford, NY. Loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and much, much more can be found at reasonable prices at this ever-popular event. Don’t miss it!

The latest issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchase.  Authors Kate Kelly and Gray Williams conti...
08/21/2013

The latest issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchase. Authors Kate Kelly and Gray Williams continue their series on Westchester's most famous residents. This issue includes photographer and director Gordon Parks, Gabrielle Greeley Clendenin, the "Lady Bountiful" of Chappaqua, playwright Lillian Hellman and author Dashiell Hammett.

06/03/2013
http://www.westchesterhistory.com/media/pdf/Annual_Meeting_2013_Invitation.pdf

Please join us at our 139th Annual Meeting, which will take place on Saturday, June 15, at noon. We will begin with brunch at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers, and will then take a tour of the recently daylighted Saw Mill River. For more information please download our reservation form athttp://www.westchesterhistory.com/media/pdf/Annual_Meeting_2013_Invitation.pdf

The Winter 2013 issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchase.  Walter Schwartz, Ardsley Village Hist...
03/08/2013

The Winter 2013 issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchase. Walter Schwartz, Ardsley Village Historian, tells the story of V. Everit Macy, a businessman, philanthropist and social reformer for whom Macy Park is Ardsley is named. To order, please give us a call at 914-592-4323 or email us at info[at]westchesterhistory.com

The Irvington Historical Society will host a book signing by Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, at the Main S...
02/07/2013
The Irvington Historical Society

The Irvington Historical Society will host a book signing by Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, at the Main Street School (101 Main Street, Irvington, NY) on Friday, February 15, at 7:30pm. He will discuss his book "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery." The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.irvingtonhistoricalsociety.org/events.html

Our online exhibit, "They Lived in Westchester," features several new county residents: Billie Burke, Florenz Ziegfeld, ...
01/29/2013
People of Westchester

Our online exhibit, "They Lived in Westchester," features several new county residents: Billie Burke, Florenz Ziegfeld, Frank and Narcissa Vanderlip, Robert Havell and Ed Sullivan. Check them out here: http://www.westchesterhistory.com/index.php/exhibits/westchester_people

Robert Havell, Jr.Born: November 27, 1793; London, EnglandLived in Sing Sing (now Ossining) 1841-1857 and Tarrytown 1857-1878.Died: November 11, 1878; Tarrytown, NY

The latest issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchase.  C. Ian Stevenson, a former library assista...
01/03/2013

The latest issue of The Westchester Historian is now available for purchase. C. Ian Stevenson, a former library assistant at WCHS and now Assistant Editor for the Humanities at Harvard University Press, brings us the environmental history of the Saw Mill River.

10/03/2012

REMINDER: The Westchester County Historical Society will hold its 19th Annual Giant Tag Sale on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and much, much more can be found at this ever-popular event. The Tag Sale will take place at the Westchester County Archives and Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Elmsford, NY, and will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Westchester County Historical Society, one of the oldest historical societies in America, and the only organization that protects and promotes the countywide history of Westchester. For directions or more information, call us at (914) 592-4323.

09/12/2012

The Westchester County Historical Society will hold its 19th Annual Giant Tag Sale on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Loads of very desirable gently used furniture, books, prints, ephemera (including old Westchester maps), artwork, household items, bric-a-brac, jewelry (costume and precious), antiques, linens, toys and games, sporting goods, and much, much more can be found at this ever-popular event. The Tag Sale will take place at the Westchester County Archives and Records Center, 2199 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Elmsford, NY, and will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Westchester County Historical Society, one of the oldest historical societies in America, and the only organization that protects and promotes the countywide history of Westchester. For directions or more information, call us at (914) 592-4323.

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2199 Saw Mill River Rd
Elmsford, NY
10523

General information

WCHS was founded in 1874 as a member-based, not-for-profit agency incorporated by the State of New York to serve the people of Westchester. The mission of WCHS is to collect and preserve books and pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and periodicals pertaining to the history of Westchester County, to promote the knowledge and understanding of that history, and to advocate for the preservation of the county's architectural heritage. To find how to join WCHS, visit http://www.westchesterhistory.com/index.php/home/membership

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Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00

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Hello, can someone direct me to old maps of Westchester before the reservoirs were built? Thank you in advance.
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Hetfield/Hatfield descendant. Any known pics of Hetfield home / homestead from 18th-19th Century on Union Ave., Mamaroneck ? Was one of original 8 land grant "rectangles" Mamaroneck / Scarsdale / Harrison area purchase from native Amer. Indians. For ref., this is a Hetfield home from Eliz., NJ by a Hetfield cousin, circa 1667. Lasted until late 1800s.
*Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign* The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to the Greater New York City Metro Area Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. For more information and Support Letter Writing Instructions, use the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
Help. I am wondering if you could help me identify where this View could be in Westchester County. Hastings on Hudson, Dobson Ferry, Yonkers? It was painted in 1920. The Palisades are across the Hudson River. I am trying to find out what the industry was. It looks like the sloops were there to load cargo. Thanks for any help you can provide. I will Post your announcements on my page Hudson River Valley Art & History. Have fun - Rob Doyle.
I thought your members may be interested in reading about the six-home cluster in Pocantico Hills developed by John D. Rockefeller. The cluster hasn't been officially recognized as historic, but it's deemed eligible.
I wonder if these two portraits/photos of an affluent man and woman might have been from White Plains NY? They're large pictures, very nicely done. The only reason I wonder if they're from there is I found them in a large white envelope with a return address from Texaco Investor Relations of White Plains, also postmarked from White Plains (1995 postmark). Possibly MARY ELIZABETH DuBois (1805-1881) ?? Or Cornelia Jay? or ANNA MARIA JAY? She seems to have the same 'smirk' and facial features as the color photo I found online. Well, I guess FB isn't going to let me add >1 pics at a time (on this page), so I'll have to attach the next ones in the 'comments' sections below. Please PM me with any thoughts. Thanks much.
c.1910-1963 anyone?
"The land east of the Saw Mill River between Yonkers and Elmsford was settled later, and almost exclusively by families of English origin. In the second quarter of the eighteenth century the extensive farms of John and William Underhill, Capt. Gilbert drake, Joshua Odell, Caleb, Joseph, John, Thomas and Nehemiah Tompkins, Israel Hunt and John Rossel occupied a large part of this territory. Later they were joined by Gilbert and David Pugsley, caleb Archer, Isaac Lawrence, Israel Honeywell, James McChain and Thomas Tompkins' nephews Joseph, Nathan, Stephen and John Appleby. Towards White Plains John Hunt settled about 1746 and Michael Chatterton before 1748. Maher-shalal-hash-baz Nelson lived just below Chatterton Hill, and below him was the farm of Joshua Barnes which gave the name Barnes' Corners to the locality later known as Harts corners, now Hartsdale. Above Chatterton Hill, John Martine of New Rochelle settled before 1732." What happened to the John Rossel listed above. Who did he marry, who were his children, where did he worship, did he move again from this area, where is he buried ?