Yonkers Historical Society

Yonkers Historical Society The Society strives to preserve and promote the rich history of Yonkers through the preservation and maintenance of Sherwood House, ca. 1740, which is a museum open to the public and other activities.
Yonkers Historical Society office is open Thursday afternoons, 1pm-5pm, and by appointment. Sherwood House Museum, 340 Tuckahoe Road, is open Sunday afternoons 1pm-4pm from September-November and April-June, as well as for special events and by appointment. Check the Sherwood House Museum page for specific dates and more information.
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Sherwood House garden path, photo by Loren Chaidez
05/10/2020

Sherwood House garden path, photo by Loren Chaidez

Spring is coming to Sherwood House --- Daffodil in the garden
05/10/2020

Spring is coming to Sherwood House --- Daffodil in the garden

The deadline for the submission of entries for the Patricia Mangold Scholarship has been extended.  Please refer to the ...
04/20/2020

The deadline for the submission of entries for the Patricia Mangold Scholarship has been extended. Please refer to the following documents to learn more about the competition, for the application, and the guidelines for submissions.

Reposting with slight modifications.Hoping everyone is healthy and safe while maintaining social distance. Meanwhile,
03/23/2020

Reposting with slight modifications.

Hoping everyone is healthy and safe while maintaining social distance. Meanwhile,

Belatedly posting this to our page.  Thank you Trustee Marianne Winstanley for your research!
03/22/2020

Belatedly posting this to our page. Thank you Trustee Marianne Winstanley for your research!

We have two more photos to share of the bells at the Yonkers Fire Department Station #1. The first photo shows the bells after they have been recently polished. The bells have since been returned to Yonkers and installed in the new memorial bell tower, as seen in the second photo.

We recently reached out to the Yonkers Historical Society who were helpful in giving us some context about the history of the bells. The bells came from the St. Andrews Church located at 47 Livingston Avenue, erected in 1895. The church had a fire in 1981 and had to be removed. After that time, the bells were stored at the St. Johns Episcopal Church on Hudson Street until their recent move to be refurnished and re-purposed for use at the new Yonkers Fire Station.

The data sheet that Marianne Winstanley, Trustee from Yonkers Historical Society provided indicated that that the original bell tower had no workable playing mechanism. The 12 original bells from 1895 were manufactured by Meneely Bell Foundry in Watervliet, NY, and the pitch of the heaviest bell is D in the middle octave.

For more information about the Meneely Bell Foundry, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meneely_Bell_Foundry.

The Yonkers Fire Station #1 project is being led by our partners Highland Associates (Architect of Record). Mitchell Associates is providing programming and firematic design for the project.

#yonkers #belltower #memorialtower #bellfoundry #yonkershistory #firestation

Happy Valentine's Day to all our members and friends!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day to all our members and friends!

Yonkers Historical Society
12/31/2019

Yonkers Historical Society

Sherwood House photo by Jason Medina
12/31/2019

Sherwood House photo by Jason Medina

Tomorrow!Between shopping at Cross County or Ridge Hill and visiting McLean Avenue festivities, stop by the Sherwood Hou...
12/08/2019

Tomorrow!

Between shopping at Cross County or Ridge Hill and visiting McLean Avenue festivities, stop by the Sherwood House Museum for our Candlelight Tours. You won't regret it.

See what Christmas might have looked like in the 1740s!

Save the date for Sherwood House Museum Candlelight Tours!DECEMBER 8TH, 2019
11/15/2019

Save the date for Sherwood House Museum Candlelight Tours!

DECEMBER 8TH, 2019

Save the DateNext weekend there are some awesome "Revolutionary Westchester" events taking place!
11/11/2019

Save the Date
Next weekend there are some awesome "Revolutionary Westchester" events taking place!

Save the Date!
Next weekend there are some awesome "Revolutionary Westchester" events taking place!

11/05/2019

Hello, YHS Friends!

Please be aware that the November 9 trolley tour is now full. We have a waiting list, but it is unlikely that we'll be reaching far into it.
Thanks for your interest and support!

But please save the date... December 8th!
You don't want to miss our Sherwood House Museum's annual Candlelight Tours and Holiday Boutique.

A Revolutionary Trolley Tour: Historical Yonkers & KingsbridgeNov. 9, 2019: 3-hourTrolley Tour 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.A R...
10/09/2019

A Revolutionary Trolley Tour: Historical Yonkers & Kingsbridge
Nov. 9, 2019: 3-hourTrolley Tour 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A REVOLUTIONARY FAMILY DAY AT PHILIPSE MANOR HALL
What Happened Here and Who Tells the Story?
Nov. 16, 2019: All-day 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

10/05/2019

Many thanks to all who supported our
Annual Dinner.

We are so grateful.

Hey!  Tonight's the Night!We have a couple of seats left for latecomers, so come on over!
10/03/2019

Hey! Tonight's the Night!
We have a couple of seats left for latecomers, so come on over!

The author of the book Popovers and Candlelight: Patricia Murphy and the Rise and Fall of a Restaurant Empire will prese...
07/16/2019

The author of the book Popovers and Candlelight: Patricia Murphy and the Rise and Fall of a Restaurant Empire will present a slide talk about a legendary dining chain and its crown jewel, the Westchester Candlelight restaurant, at the Yonkers Public Library, Grinton I. Will Branch, 1500 Central Park Avenue, on Saturday, July 27 at 1:30 pm.
Sponsored by the Yonkers Historical Society, the talk by Marcia Biederman will recount the rags-to-riches story of restaurateur Patricia Murphy. In the Fifties and Sixties, her Westchester Candlelight drew hordes of diners to Yonkers from near and far. Famed for its world-famous gardens and luscious popovers, the restaurant was a Mad Man-era landmark, the proud creation of remarkable entrepreneur.

Add these great events to your calendar!
06/12/2019

Add these great events to your calendar!

06/09/2019

It's a beautiful day to visit the Yonkers Historical Society's Spring Flea Market!
Today 10- 4
At the Sherwood House Museum!

Visit the Sherwood House Museum's annual Spring Flea Market this Sunday!Many vendors will be in attendance, presenting n...
06/03/2019

Visit the Sherwood House Museum's annual Spring Flea Market this Sunday!

Many vendors will be in attendance, presenting new and vintage items, books, and other collectibles for your shopping pleasure.

Tours of the Sherwood House will also be available throughout the day.

Irises blooming at Sherwood House, photo by Loren Chaidez
06/01/2019

Irises blooming at Sherwood House, photo by Loren Chaidez

Sherwood House garden path, photo by Loren Chaidez
06/01/2019

Sherwood House garden path, photo by Loren Chaidez

Irises blooming at Sherwood House, photo by Loren Chaidez
06/01/2019

Irises blooming at Sherwood House, photo by Loren Chaidez

On this rainy Sunday, why not take a drive out to the Historic Sherwood House Museum and take a tour of this Revolutiona...
05/05/2019

On this rainy Sunday, why not take a drive out to the Historic Sherwood House Museum and take a tour of this Revolutionary era farmhouse? Volunteers are waiting to take you back through the decades to everyday life in Yonkers. Why not go?

Yonkers Historical Society
04/02/2019

Yonkers Historical Society

03/31/2019

Final Reminder:
Our Annual Meeting is today!
1:30 at the Will Library. Featuring Mary Calvi!

When its raining on Sunday afternoon, here's something you can do... Come to the Yonkers Historical Society's Annual Mee...
03/28/2019

When its raining on Sunday afternoon, here's something you can do...
Come to the Yonkers Historical Society's Annual Meeting at the Grinton Will Library!

You might be interested in one of these sessions:
03/11/2019

You might be interested in one of these sessions:

A reminder for friends and families of Yonkers high school seniors.  The deadline for the submission of entries for the ...
03/07/2019

A reminder for friends and families of Yonkers high school seniors. The deadline for the submission of entries for the Yonkers Historical Society's Patricia Mangold Scholarship is fast approaching:

Calling all Yonkers High School Seniors.... The deadline for submission of applications and projects for the Yonkers His...
02/02/2019

Calling all Yonkers High School Seniors.... The deadline for submission of applications and projects for the Yonkers Historical Society's Patricia Mangold Scholarship is March 15th. Check out the poster below, and visit our website to download guidelines and application form.

Please share this post if you know any HS seniors who live in Yonkers and could use a few more scholarship dollars.

Yonkers Historical Society's cover photo
01/31/2019

Yonkers Historical Society's cover photo

Sherwood House fireplace filled with greenery and bittersweet from the property for our Holiday Candlelight Tour, Decemb...
12/22/2018

Sherwood House fireplace filled with greenery and bittersweet from the property for our Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 9, 2018

Sherwood House parlor decked out for the Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 9, 2018
12/22/2018

Sherwood House parlor decked out for the Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 9, 2018

12/09/2018

Today's the day!
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of weekend shopping and chores and visit the historic Sherwood House. Experience for an hour the simplicity and hardship our ancestors lived as they faced December in 1740.

Free admission, free refreshments.
And a Holiday Boutique!

Sherwood House Museum
12/02/2018

Sherwood House Museum

Sherwood House Museum
12/02/2018

Sherwood House Museum

Enjoy this panoramic view of Sherwood House Museum.

Address

1500 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY
10710

Opening Hours

Thursday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(914) 961-8940

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