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Revolutionary Westchester: Private Abraham Requa

by Erik Weiselberg, Ph.D. –  In the previous installment, we featured a prominent tenant farmer who became captain of a militia company; this time, we examine a different tenant farmer’s son who served as a private. Captain Sybout Acker often related that the ... More »


Washington Irving’s Legacy: A New Exhibit at The Historical Society

by Charlene Weigel –  The Historical Society Serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown has a new exhibit as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” “We started planning years ago for this bicentennial,” said Sara Mascia, Executive... More »

1868 map of Tarrytown by By - This file was provided to Wikimedia Commons by Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, a specialist dealer in rare maps and other cartography of the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as part of a cooperation project., Public Domain,

Residents Invited to Help Plan Tarrytown’s Sesquicentennial

The year was 1870.  Ulysses S. Grant was President.  The country was recovering from the Civil War and had recently passed the 15th Amendment prohibiting state and federal governments from denying the right to vote based on race.    New York City’s first subwa... More »


Revolutionary Westchester: Captain William Dutcher

by Dr. Erik Weiselberg THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY A Bimonthly Series of local Revolutionary Era History Stories Researched and Written by Erik Weiselberg, Ph.D., Principal Historian for Revolutionary Westchester 250 and Village Historian of Ir... More »


“Revolutionary Westchester 250” to Pursue Its Goals Through 2026

by Robert Kimmel –  During the initial 18 months of its existence, “Revolutionary Westchester 250” has made robust steps toward achieving some important milestones. “We strive to build awareness and excitement for the events, places, ideas and people — both th... More »

Old Croton Aquaeduct - New York City history

New Photo Exhibition Chronicles Construction of Old Croton Aqueduct

by Elaine Marranzano –  Today the Old Croton Aqueduct is a peaceful place for a stroll in the woods, but in 1842 it was the catalyst for the biggest change to hit New York City since the Dutch “bought” Manhattan from the Indians.  By bringing “pure and wholeso... More »


Irvington High School Teacher Publishes Book About Civil War

by Clara Firpo-Cappiello  — Christopher Barry, a Westchester resident and history teacher of 21 years at Irvington High School, recently published his first book, No Flinching From Fire: The 65th New York Volunteers in the Civil War.  The 65th New York Volunte... More »

Tree replacement

Tulip Poplar

For more than two cen­turies, the gi­ant Tulip Poplar pro­vided shade for vis­i­tors to Tar­ry­town’s Pa­triot Park. It was there that in 1780, colo­nial mili­ti­a­men cap­tured British Ma­jor John An­dre, find­ing on him pa­pers that re­vealed the treach­ery ... More »


Revisiting The Founding Era: Video of Oct 16 Panel Discussion

Understanding the issues that confronted Americans during the nation’s Founding Era and how those same issues influence life in our country today was the focus of a scholarly panel discussion with audience participation held at the Warner Library on October 16... More »


New Tulip Tree Honors Tarrytown’s Patriots

By Barrett Seaman For more than two centuries, the giant Tulip Poplar provided shade for visitors to Tarrytown’s Patriot Park. It was there that in 1780, colonial militiamen captured British Major John Andre, finding on him papers that revealed the treachery o... More »


If You See Something, Say Something. Right?

by Barrett Seaman –  So this guy walks into the Irvington Police Station on a Sunday afternoon carrying a plastic bag with what appears to be a cannonball inside. The guy gives his name as Adam Stein. He says he was walking his dog on North Dutcher Street, whe... More »


What The Legend Means to Me

by Lynn Moffat –  North Tarrytown was grappling with profound change when Ken and I, the three kids, the two cats and the dog arrived from Brooklyn in August 1996. The GM assembly plant was closing. We attended our first meeting in the village that September t... More »


Looking Back: Snowball

Looking Back: Up on his hind legs is Snowball, the horse known to many local residents in the 1950’s as having participated in parades and other events in the Rivertowns. Shown with Snowball is his trainer, and North Tarrytown resident during that time, John J... More »


Lyndhurst’s Lower Landscape Restoration Has Begun

by Linda Viertel –  What you have here, in many ways, is a private Central Park,” explained Howard Zar, Lyndhurst’s Executive Director, as we strolled along the new pathways on the property’s lower landscape overlooking the Hudson River. This park-like setting... More »


Saturday, August 24 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm Philipsburgh Manor Visitor Center 381 North Broadway Sleepy Hollow, New York PEOPLE NOT PROPERTY (An Interactive Documentary) – Stories of Slavery in the Colonial North Presented by The 400 Years Project of the Greenbur... More »