Home » Historic

127 posts


Lyndhurst Swimming Pool Building Opens with Site-Specific Art Exhibit Lyndhurst continues to enhance every architectural, cultural and landscape component of the mansion’s extensive property on South Broadway in Tarrytown. Following on several successful art e... More »

Revolutionary Westchester: John “Jack” Peterson

By Erik Weiselberg, Ph.D. Principal Historian, Revolutionary Westchester 250, Village Historian, Irvington, New York– This installment shines a spotlight on another unsung Westchester hero:  John Peterson, a patriot of African descent.  Peterson’s keen observa... More »

The Fiftieth Anniversary of a Grand Old Tarrytown Wedding

By Barrett Seaman– It was the right place and the right time to marry—if you lived in Tarrytown and if your choice of a wedding day happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Tarrytown, June 11, 1970. On that day, Ch... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »