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.

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!

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
Enjoy this panoramic view of Sherwood House Museum.
11/22/2018

Enjoy this panoramic view of Sherwood House Museum.

This year's Candlelight Tours will be held on Sunday, December 9th, from 1-4pm. All are welcome. Tours are free!
11/22/2018

This year's Candlelight Tours will be held on Sunday, December 9th, from 1-4pm. All are welcome. Tours are free!

Visit the second oldest house in Yonkers, Sherwood House Museum, for our annual Candlelight Tours on Sunday, December 9,...
11/21/2018

Visit the second oldest house in Yonkers, Sherwood House Museum, for our annual Candlelight Tours on Sunday, December 9, from 1pm-4pm, and don't forget to shop at our holiday boutique in the cottage. Hot apple cider will be made available to all guests. Tours are free! We hope to see you then.

Sherwood House will also be open for the next 2 Sundays leading up to the event. We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving this week!

Sherwood House Museum
11/21/2018

Sherwood House Museum

11/04/2018

Join us today for our last Halloween tour of the year dedicated to the poetry and stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Today volunteer and local author Jason Medina will be doing a book signing in the Weed Caretaker's Cottage for two of his books that feature the city of Yonkers, "Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers" and "The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel." We are open from 1-4pm and tours are FREE!

Next Sunday YHS volunteer Jason Medina will be at Sherwood House Museum for a book signing/discussion about his books "G...
10/30/2018

Next Sunday YHS volunteer Jason Medina will be at Sherwood House Museum for a book signing/discussion about his books "Ghosts & Legends of Yonkers" and "The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel." It will be during regular tour hours from 1-4pm inside the Weed Caretaker's Cottage. Don't forget to take a tour of Sherwood House, where the rooms have been set up to mimic the dark poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe! (NOTE: Edgar A. Poe will not be present for these tours).

This year we tried something new and used poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe as our theme. It was a great success. Tha...
10/29/2018

This year we tried something new and used poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe as our theme. It was a great success. Thanks to those, who helped and stopped by for a visit. Happy Halloween!

The Sherwood House (Photo by Jason Medina)
10/28/2018

The Sherwood House (Photo by Jason Medina)

Sunset at the historic Sherwood House Museum.
10/28/2018

Sunset at the historic Sherwood House Museum.

Join us today when one of our volunteers, local author Jason Medina, portrays famous author and poet Edgar Allan Poe for...
10/28/2018

Join us today when one of our volunteers, local author Jason Medina, portrays famous author and poet Edgar Allan Poe for our special Halloween tour! Tours will be from 1-4pm and they are FREE!

Join us for the next 2 Sundays at Sherwood House Museum.
10/26/2018

Join us for the next 2 Sundays at Sherwood House Museum.

Join us at Sherwood House next weekend on October 28th for our special Halloween tours dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, who...
10/20/2018

Join us at Sherwood House next weekend on October 28th for our special Halloween tours dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, who passed away in October of 1849. Volunteer and local author Jason Medina will be in costume as the famous writer. Tours are free and go from 1pm-4pm. Candy will be made available for trick or treaters.

Sherwood House Museum
10/10/2018

Sherwood House Museum

Announcing our Special Halloween tours dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe for Sunday, October 28, and Sunday, November 4, from 1pm-4pm on both days. Our historic rooms will feature tributes to several of the famous author's poems and dark tales. Plus, as an extra treat, volunteer and local author, Jason Medina, will dress as Edgar Allan Poe for the first weekend. For the second weekend Jason Medina will do a book signing in the Weed Cottage for his own dark books, Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers and The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel. Please, join us for both weekends and bring your friends! Trick or Treaters are welcome, as we will have candy!

Announcing our Special Halloween tours dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe for Sunday, October 28, and Sunday, November 4, from...
10/08/2018

Announcing our Special Halloween tours dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe for Sunday, October 28, and Sunday, November 4, from 1pm-4pm on both days. Our historic rooms will feature tributes to several of the famous author's poems and dark tales. Plus, as an extra treat, volunteer and local author, Jason Medina, will dress as Edgar Allan Poe for the first weekend. For the second weekend Jason Medina will do a book signing in the Weed Cottage for his own dark books, Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers and The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel. Please, join us for both weekends and bring your friends! Trick or Treaters are welcome, as we will have candy!

State Senator Shelley Mayer
10/06/2018

State Senator Shelley Mayer

Yonkers Historical Society
09/29/2018

Yonkers Historical Society

Please join us at our Annual Dinner on October 4th at the Fairways at Dunwoodie.

You'll have a great time, and help us to continue our efforts to preserve Yonkers history.

Call (914) 804-0175 or email [email protected] to reserve tickets.

Thanks to all who showed up for our fall flea market yesterday!
09/24/2018

Thanks to all who showed up for our fall flea market yesterday!

Come on down to our flea market today!
09/23/2018

Come on down to our flea market today!

Today's the day!  Please stop by to browse, shop, and say hello!  Free tours of Historic Sherwood house beginning at 1pm...
09/23/2018

Today's the day! Please stop by to browse, shop, and say hello! Free tours of Historic Sherwood house beginning at 1pm. All YHS proceeds fund Sherwood House maintenance and repair.

Yonkers Historical Society
09/18/2018

Yonkers Historical Society

09/04/2018
The Sherwood House Museum is open for the Fall Season on Sundays, September 9th through November 18th from 1PM - 4PM, an...
08/31/2018

The Sherwood House Museum is open for the Fall Season on Sundays, September 9th through November 18th from 1PM - 4PM, and then on December 9th for our annual Candlelight Tour (hours to be announced).

07/22/2018

Thanks to the generosity of our members, sponsors and friends, we're getting lots of maintenance & repairs done this summer --- you may have noticed some new cedar shingles on the roof of the house when driving by, replacements for some that had broken off. We look forward to seeing you again for tours on our opening Sunday afternoon, September 9, 2018, from 1-4pm. Volunteer gardening on Tuesday mornings (weather permitting) is continuing throughout the summer, so if you are interested, please stop by!

Tomorrow is the last Sunday of the season to visit Sherwood House Museum on Tuckahoe Rd. It will be open from 1-4pm. Tou...
06/23/2018

Tomorrow is the last Sunday of the season to visit Sherwood House Museum on Tuckahoe Rd. It will be open from 1-4pm. Tours are free, so come on over! The museum opens up, again, in September.

The Sherwood House is in bloom.  Why not stop by for a visit and tour today?
05/27/2018

The Sherwood House is in bloom.
Why not stop by for a visit and tour today?

05/19/2018
Yonkers Historical Society

Yonkers Historical Society

Please note that our American History Recognition Award Ceremony for Yonkers Public High School junior year students on Sunday, May 20th, 2-4pm, has been moved to the Story Room of the Grinton Will Library because of the weather. See the Event posting for full details.

The woman on the staircase is Isabelle Hicks Eickemeyer, who grew up at Sherwood House. The photo was taken by her husba...
05/13/2018

The woman on the staircase is Isabelle Hicks Eickemeyer, who grew up at Sherwood House. The photo was taken by her husband, Rudolph Eickemeyer, Jr., who was a well-known photographer from Yonkers. That's him in the other photo from 1901.

Reminder:  Today is the Day!The weather is dicey - why not join us for this wonderful tour today at 1 pm?
05/12/2018

Reminder: Today is the Day!

The weather is dicey - why not join us for this wonderful tour today at 1 pm?

The Yonkers Historical Society announces a unique tour of historic aspects of the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart in Yonkers led by Capuchin Historian Brother Roger Deguire, OFM CAP. The tour will take place Saturday, May 12th at 1 p.m. - Participants will tour the Sacred Heart church campus with focus on:
o Main Church and side chapels
o Heritage Hallway (inside the Monastery Building)
o Capuchin Garden
o Capuchin Heritage Museum
o Friar’s Cemetery
o Light refreshments will be available following the tour.

A $10 Donation requested.

Rudolph Eickemeyer, Jr. was a well-known local photographer from the late 1800s-early 1900s. He was the son-in-law of An...
05/11/2018

Rudolph Eickemeyer, Jr. was a well-known local photographer from the late 1800s-early 1900s. He was the son-in-law of Angeline Weed, the last matriarch of the Weed family, who resided in Sherwood House for several generations. These are two of Rudolph's popular photographs, one of which was taken in the old milk room of Sherwood House.

Our Spring Flea Market is coming soon! Save the date and join us!
05/11/2018

Our Spring Flea Market is coming soon! Save the date and join us!

05/09/2018

WE WILL BE CLOSED ON MAY 13TH TO OBSERVE MOTHER'S DAY. WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

05/04/2018

Hello Friends!
Please visit our relaunched website at:
yonkershistoricalsociety.org

Yonkers Historical Society
04/26/2018

Yonkers Historical Society

Please join us this Saturday, April 28th, 1:30-3:30pm for the YHS Annual Meeting at the Will Library! We have a great program planned. Refreshments will be served.

Address

340 Tuckahoe Rd
Yonkers, NY
10710

General information

Co-Chairmen of Sherwood House (Andrew Romano and Jason Medina)

Opening Hours

Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(914) 961-8940

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