Sherwood House Museum

Sherwood House Museum Historic Sherwood House, a museum, is maintained by the Yonkers Historical Society. Built in 1740, it is the oldest Colonial farmhouse in Yonkers.
Sherwood House Museum is open Sunday afternoons 1pm-4pm from September-November and April-June, as well as for special events and by appointment. The Yonkers Historical Society office, located at the Grinton Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers, is open Thursday afternoons, 1pm-5pm, and by appointment.
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One of the few remaining pre-Revolutionary War houses in the New York metropolitan area, the historic Sherwood House was built in 1740 by Thomas Sherwood, who was a farmer, constable, and a tax collector of the Town of Yonkers. The farmhouse was built on land leased from British loyalist Frederick Philipse III, whose vast manor extended from Spuyten Duyvil at what is now the northern tip of Manhattan Island all the way up north to the Croton River. After the Revolutionary War, the Philipse family lost all claim to their land when it was confiscated by the State of New York. Thomas Sherwood’s son, Stephen, purchased his father’s farm in 1785 at an auction of seized properties. In 1801 Yonkers’ first physician, Dr. John Ingersoll, purchased the Sherwood House, where he resided and practiced medicine until his death in 1827. He was known for using remedies from the herbs grown in his garden. Afterwards, for close to a century Frederick Weed and his descendants owned the homestead. The last private owners established Yonkers’ first Italian restaurant, which was in business through the early 1950’s. The property eventually came into the possession of the Consolidated Edison Company of New York. They leased the land and gave ownership of Sherwood House and the two outer buildings to the Yonkers Historical Society in 1955 on the condition that Sherwood House be preserved as a museum. Since then the restoration and preservation of this landmark has been carried on by the Yonkers Historic Society through gifts of funds, furniture, artifacts, and the countless hours of work put in by many public-spirited citizens that have dedicated their personal time to keeping this priceless landmark a living lesson in Yonkers history. Sherwood House is the oldest farmhouse in Yonkers and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Mission: To educate the public about our past.

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!
11/11/2019

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

The scouts & helpers showing off their volunteer Eagle Scout project --- we thank them for doing such a great job!!
11/07/2019

The scouts & helpers showing off their volunteer Eagle Scout project --- we thank them for doing such a great job!!

11/05/2019

Hello, Sherwood HouseFriends!

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.

Happy Halloween from Sherwood House Museum!
10/29/2019

Happy Halloween from Sherwood House Museum!

Halloween weekend is almost upon us! We hope you will join us for our Halloween tours the next two Sundays. Starting thi...
10/22/2019

Halloween weekend is almost upon us! We hope you will join us for our Halloween tours the next two Sundays. Starting this weekend during normal operating hours (Sunday, 1-4 pm) our Holiday Boutique will be open in the back room of the Weed Caretaker's Cottage. (That's the burgundy house to your newbies). It will remain open for the rest of the season, until we close on December 8. For a limited time, we will be selling signed copies of "Ghosts & Legends of Yonkers," written by one of our volunteers. The books are $15 each. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the much needed maintenance of Sherwood House Museum.

It's been a long weekend at Sherwood House. The Eagle Scouts of Troop 2 from Scarsdale worked very hard on their project...
10/13/2019

It's been a long weekend at Sherwood House. The Eagle Scouts of Troop 2 from Scarsdale worked very hard on their project improving the appearance of the cottage and old well, as well as rehanging our sign on Tuckahoe Road from a newly planted pole. Thank you John, Joe, Luis, Jacob, Mike, Jack, Bill, Mark, and everyone else for all you've done! Some of the photos will be posted on the Yonkers Historical Society website very soon, but for now we leave you with this one.

DISCOVERY REVOLUTIONARY YONKERS! There will be a special trolley tour of Historic Yonkers and Kingsbridge relating to Co...
10/09/2019

DISCOVERY REVOLUTIONARY YONKERS!

There will be a special trolley tour of Historic Yonkers and Kingsbridge relating to Colonial times on November 9, 2019, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The tour will make several stops along the way, including a half hour stop at Sherwood House Museum at 10am.

Pre-registration is required, if you'd wish to take the tour. Seating will be limited. A $10 donation fee is suggested.

Contact the Yonkers Historical Society by email at [email protected] or call (914) 961-8940 (Call Thursdays or leave a message with a name and number).

There will also be a special Revolutionary Family Day at Philipse Manor Hall on November 16, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission to this event is FREE!

​Contact Robert Lee for more details by email at [email protected] or call (914) 965-4027.

We are pleased to announce that our Holiday Boutique Gift Shop will be open on Sundays from 1-4pm at our Caretaker's cot...
10/09/2019

We are pleased to announce that our Holiday Boutique Gift Shop will be open on Sundays from 1-4pm at our Caretaker's cottage starting on October 27 and continuing each week, until our annual Candlelight Tours on December 8. We will also accept holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas) related donations that will be sold during this time period. Please, do not donate clothing. Thank you.

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.

09/23/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Flea Market yesterday!

Stop by our flea market today!
09/22/2019

Stop by our flea market today!

When you are winding down from the McLean Avenue Fall Festival on Saturday, come out to the Yonkers Historical Society's...
09/21/2019

When you are winding down from the McLean Avenue Fall Festival on Saturday, come out to the Yonkers Historical Society's Fall Flea Market on Sunday!
It's going to be a great weekend!

Come to Sherwood House next Sunday for our fall flea market from 10am-4pm. Tours of the house are free!
09/15/2019

Come to Sherwood House next Sunday for our fall flea market from 10am-4pm. Tours of the house are free!

Our annual fall flea market is coming soon!
09/09/2019

Our annual fall flea market is coming soon!

Our first official Sherwood House pumpkin!
09/08/2019

Our first official Sherwood House pumpkin!

Sunflowers are growing nicely thanks to our volunteer gardeners.
09/08/2019

Sunflowers are growing nicely thanks to our volunteer gardeners.

Sherwood House opens this Sunday for the season. Tours are FREE from 1pm-4pm.
09/05/2019

Sherwood House opens this Sunday for the season. Tours are FREE from 1pm-4pm.

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.

07/01/2019

SHERWOOD HOUSE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. THANK YOU FOR VISITING. WE WILL OPEN, AGAIN, IN SEPTEMBER.

Reminder!Today is the final day of our spring season, and our special program featuring Dr. Ruth Kambar discussing her b...
06/30/2019

Reminder!
Today is the final day of our spring season, and our special program featuring Dr. Ruth Kambar discussing her book "Assyrians of Yonkers"
Hope to see you there!

June gardens at Sherwood House -- we are open tomorrow for Father's Day from 1pm - 4pm!
06/15/2019

June gardens at Sherwood House -- we are open tomorrow for Father's Day from 1pm - 4pm!

Another view of the newly repaired & repainted barn at Sherwood House Museum
06/15/2019

Another view of the newly repaired & repainted barn at Sherwood House Museum

Mark your calendars for these upcoming YHS events!
06/15/2019

Mark your calendars for these upcoming YHS events!

Add these great events to your calendar!

Newly repaired barn doors at Sherwood House Museum.
06/15/2019

Newly repaired barn doors at Sherwood House Museum.

Thank you to those who helped make our annual spring flea market a success! Sherwood House will only be open for the nex...
06/12/2019

Thank you to those who helped make our annual spring flea market a success! Sherwood House will only be open for the next few Sundays in June, before closing for the summer and reopening in September. Please, stop by and visit. Tours are free.

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

Add these great events to your calendar!

06/09/2019

TOMORROW IS OUR SPRING FLEA MARKET! IT BEGINS AT 10AM. WE HOPE YOU WILL STOP BY AND PAY US A VISIT!

Coming this Sunday!
06/03/2019

Coming this Sunday!

Lots of visitors today.... Come on by!
05/26/2019

Lots of visitors today.... Come on by!

On this beautiful Sunday, consider visiting the Historic Sherwood House Museum and the stunning peonies and irises graci...
05/26/2019

On this beautiful Sunday, consider visiting the Historic Sherwood House Museum and the stunning peonies and irises gracing our gardens.
Open 'till 4pm.

Springtime is upon us. Are you ready?
04/03/2019

Springtime is upon us. Are you ready?

Sherwood House in June, photo by Jason Medina
04/03/2019

Sherwood House in June, photo by Jason Medina

Sherwood House will be open for the spring season on Sunday, April 7, from 1pm-4pm. We hope you will join us!
04/01/2019

Sherwood House will be open for the spring season on Sunday, April 7, from 1pm-4pm. We hope you will join us!

Waiting for Springtime...
12/12/2018

Waiting for Springtime...

Sherwood House Museum
12/12/2018

Sherwood House Museum

Sherwood House wishing you all a Happy Holidays!
12/12/2018

Sherwood House wishing you all a Happy Holidays!

12/12/2018

SHERWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER, BUT WILL REOPEN ON SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Thanks to all who joined us for our annual Candlelight Tour, especially our hardworking volunteers and docents of the Yo...
12/12/2018

Thanks to all who joined us for our annual Candlelight Tour, especially our hardworking volunteers and docents of the Yonkers Historical Society. We had a nice turn out and hope to see you all, again, next year. Enjoy the holidays!

Thanks to all who joined us for our annual Candlelight Tour, especially our hardworking volunteers and docents of the Yonkers Historical Society. We had a nice turn out and hope to see you all, again, next year. Enjoy the holidays!

12/09/2018
Yonkers Historical Society

Yonkers Historical Society

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!

Counting down to the Sherwood House Candlelight Tours on Sunday!  See you then.
12/04/2018

Counting down to the Sherwood House Candlelight Tours on Sunday! See you then.

12/01/2018

Address

340 Tuckahoe Rd
Yonkers, NY
10710

Opening Hours

Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(914) 961-8940

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