Historical Markers in
Westchester County, New York

160th Anniversary of St. Peter’s 1777 Skirmish A Church in a Changing Village / Una Iglesia en un Pueblo que Cambia A Lavis Private Garden / Un Suntuoso Jardin Privado A Movie Theater and a Diner / Un Cinema y Un Restaurante A Saloon and a Mansion / Un Bar y Una Mansion Abraham Bush Homestead Action in Tarrytown African Cemetery 1860-1964 After the Battle American Red Cross in Westchester County America’s Most Famous Cannon André Captors Monument Andre Captured Ardsley World War I Honor Roll Asbury M. E. Church Battle of Edgar's Lane Battle of Pelham Battle of White Plains Battle of White Plains Battle of White Plains Battle of White Plains Battle of White Plains Battle Park Bear Mountain Bridge Toll House Bedford House Bella Vista and the Secor Road Stone Wall / Bella Vista y la Pared de Piedra de Secor Road Billie and Flo Billie Burke's Reflecting Pool Birthplace of John L. Worden 1818-1897 Black Soldiers of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Boston Post Road Boston Post Road Historic District Boulanger Plaza Burial Place Camp Smith Camp Smith Careswell Carl Brandt, Portrait Painter / Carl Brandt, Pintor de Retratos Center of Washington’s Army Chaining the Hudson Christ Church Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus Civil War Memorial Cold Spring Colonel Philip Pell Commemorating the Defense of Teller's Point Community Gardens in Zinsser Park / Los Jardines Comunitarios en el Parque Zinsser Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial Cortlandt Civil War Monument Countess Lucille VI Crawford Park Cuba Free Davenport House Dobbs Ferry Memorial Park Dobbs Ferry Veterans Memorial Draper Park Draper Park Draper Park Draper Terrace / Draper Terrace (el callejón Draper) Eastchester Memorial Park Elephant Hotel Ellis Place and the Little Shop Tea Room / Ellis Place y El Salón de Té la Tendita Elmsford Veterans Memorial First Presbyterian Church For God and Country Forge Cottage / La Fragua French Hill French Soldiers of the Revolutionary War Gen. Howe’s Headquarters George Rohr's Saloon and Boarding House / Taberna y Pensión de George Rohr Glover’s Brigade Encampment Gold Star Mothers Gold Star Mothers Memorial Hastings-on-Hudson, New York Hastings-on-Hudson, New York Hastings-on-Hudson, New York Hastings-on-Hudson, New York Hastings' First High Rise / El Primer Edificio de Pisos Multiples en Hastings Headless Horseman Henry Draper and His Observatories / Henry Draper y Sus Observatiorios Heroes of the American Revolution Hero's Walkway Highland Cottage / Cabaña Highland Hiram Halle (1867-1944) Historic Village of Port Chester Honor Roll Honor Roll House of Pierre Van Cortlandt In Grateful Remembrance In Memory of Newell Rising In Memory of the Underhills Industrial Hastings / El Hastings Industrial Isaac Van Wart Isaac Van Wart Memorial Jacob Purdy House Jacob Purdy House (1721) Jan Peeck Bridge John Jay John Jay Homestead Joseph T. Miller Katonah Civil War Memorial Kennedy House Kings Ferry Kings Ferry King’s Ferry Offered a Safe Crossing Korean & Viet Nam Memorial Monuments Korean War Memorial Lewisboro Veterans Monument Lockheed T-33 Longue Vue Lower Main Street Ossining / Ossining de la Calle Lower Main Luigi Del Bianco Memorial Merritt Hill Merritt Hill Middle Patent Rural Cemetery Mile Square Mile Square Road Milton Cemetery Milton Commercial District Mohegan Lake School World War I Memorial Mount Kisco Veterans Memorial Mt. Zion Church Municipal Building / El Edificio Municipal Murphy’s Corners Historic Site Murray, S/Sgt. Robert C North Castle Veterans Memorial North Castle World War I Memorial North Castle World War II Monument North Salem World War I Memorial North Salem World War II Memorial Old Bridge and Reflecting Pool Old Broadway / La Antigua Broadway Old Cemetery Old Rye Fort 1675 Old Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church Old St. Peters Olinda Ossining High School Ossining United Methodist Church Ossining, New York Our Union Soldiers O'Neill, Sgt. Richard W. Patriots of the American Revolution Peekskill F.D.N.Y. Memorial Peekskill Veterans Memorial Peekskill World War I Monument Philipsburg Manor Playland Amusement Park Pomeroy Port Chester Spanish American War Monument Port Chester Vietnam War Memorial Port Chester World War I Monument Port Chester World War II Memorial Post Hannock House Protection Engine Company No. 1 / La Primera Estacion de Bomberos Purple Heart Village Red Schoolhouse Reis Park Reuben Wright’s Mill Reuben Wright’s Mills Road Leading to Burkely Crest Rye Korean War Veterans Memorial Rye Meeting House Rye Soldiers Memorial Saint Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church Saint Peter’s Churchyard & Old Van Cortlandtville Cemetery Scarsdale Bicentennial Time Capsule School Days / Los Días de Clase School House 1829 School, Blacksmith's Shop and Firehouse / La Escuela, La Herreria y La Estacion de Bomberos Second Reformed Church Sept. 23, 1661 Seth Pomeroy & Jeremiah Drake Seven Years of Fear: Hastings and the Neutral Ground Ships and Shad / Barcos & Sabalos Site of Daniel D. Tompkins Birthplace Site of St. Peter’s Church Site of the Birth of New York State Skirmish of Heathcote Hill Smith’s Tavern Soldiers' Memorial Somers Soldiers Memorial Somers Veterans Monument Somers World War I Monument Sparta Cemetery Squirrel Alley and River Place / El Callejon Squirrel y Riverview Place St. Matthew's, Old and New / San Mateo Nuevo y Antiguo St. Paul’s Church, Eastchester Tarrytown World War II Memorial Taylor Tavern Teachers Park The American Revolution in 1778 The Barn Complex The Battle of Edgar's Lane The Battle of White Plains The Beech Allee (Avenue) and Stone Fences The Bird Homestead and Rye Meeting House The Brick Lot The Calvary Baptist Church and Annex / La Iglesia Bautista Calvary y Anexo The Carnegie Library / El Biblioteca Carnegie The Carriage Drive and Roadways The Crescent / La Media Luna The Cynthard Building / El Edificio Cynthard The Double Arch / El Doble Arco The Farm Manager’s Cottage The First Baptist Church / La Primera Iglesia Bautista The First National Bank and Trust Co. / El Primer Banco y Compañía Fiduciaria Nacional The First Presbyterian Church / La Primera Iglesia Presbyteriana The Glasshouse Complex and Herb Garden The Headless Horseman Bridge The Hessians: Hired by the King The Homestead Farm The James Robinson House / La Casa James Robinson The John Jay Potting Sheds The Kattenhorn Houses / Las Casa Kattenhorn The Leatherman The Local Soda Fountain / La Fuente de Soda Local The Mount Pleasant Academy Library / La Biblioteca de la Academia Mount Pleasant The North Lawn The Old Boston Road The Old Croton Aqueduct The Old Croton Aqueduct / El Antiguo Acueducto de Croton The Old Croton Aqueduct Promenade / El Paseo Marítimo del acueducto Old Croton The Old Dutch Church The Old North Castle Church The Oldest Church / La Iglesia Mas Antigua The Organization of the Farm The Ossining Bank for Savings / El banco Sing Sing de Seguros The Ossining National Bank / El Banco Nacional de Ossining The Path to Victory The Purdy Burying Ground The Ravine, Looking East / El Barranco, Mirando Hacia El Este The Ravine, Looking West / El Barranco, Mirado Hacia El Oeste The Schoolhouse and Homestead Lawn The Skirmish of Edgar's Lane The Smith-Robinson House / La Casa Smith-Robinson The Stable Courtyard The Story of a River The Sundial and Fountain Gardens The Terrace Garden The Timothy Knapp House The Tower Ridge Neighborhood / El Vecindario de la Torre Ridge The United Methodist Church / La Iglesia Metodista Unida The Van Cortlandtville School The Village of Ossining Municipal Building / Edificio Municipal de la Villa de Ossining The War for American Independence The Way to Work / El Trayecto al Trabajo This Flame of Freedom This is one of some 230 markers erected on the Boston Post Road in 1763 This is one of some 230 markers erected on the Boston Post Road in 1763 This Mile Stone Thomas Paine Travis Cove Overlook Treaty Oak Site Trinity Episcopal Church / Iglesia Episcopal Trinity U.S. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Union Hotel United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco Upper Manor Van Cortlandtville World War Memorial VFW Post 5463 Veterans Memorial Vietnam War Memorial Village of Ossining Community Center / Centro Comunitario de la Villa de Ossining Warburton Avenue / Avenida Warburton Washington Arms Apartments Washington at Verplanck’s Point Washington's Continental Army Watering the Horses / Dando de Beber Agua a Los Caballos Wayside Inn Welcome to John Jay Homestead West Harrison Honor Roll Westchester County White Plains Roll of Honor White Plains World War I Memorial Willow Point World War I Monument 1917-1919 World War II Memorial Yorktown Church Yorktown Korean and Vietnam Wars Monument Yorktown World War I Monument Yorktown World War II Monument “Pelham Dale” “The Memorial Church of Washington Irving”
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The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City, was the site of the Stonewall riots in 1969, which are considered the birth of the modern gay rights movement.
Westchester County, located in the southeastern part of the state of New York, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The original inhabitants of the area were Native American tribes, including the Wappinger and Siwanoy, who lived off the bountiful resources of the Hudson River and the region's forests.

European colonization of Westchester began in the early 1600s, when Dutch settlers established trading posts and farms in the area. The Dutch West India Company purchased land from Native American tribes and built settlements along the Hudson River, including present-day Yonkers and Tarrytown. In 1674, Westchester came under English rule as part of the Province of New York, and English towns and cities began to emerge.

During the American Revolution, Westchester County played a crucial role as a strategic location between the British-held city of New York and the Continental Army's headquarters in the Hudson Valley. Several major battles and skirmishes took place in the area, including the Battle of White Plains in 1776. Westchester residents were divided in their loyalties, with some supporting the British Crown and others fighting for American independence.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Westchester experienced rapid industrialization and suburbanization. The construction of railroads and the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge in 1955 facilitated the growth of commuter suburbs, attracting residents from New York City. Today, Westchester County is known for its wealthy towns, vibrant arts scene, and scenic landscapes, making it a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Westchester County, New York.

  • 1683 - Westchester County is founded by an act of the New York Colonial Assembly.
  • 1776 - During the American Revolution, Westchester County is partially occupied by British forces.
  • 1788 - The village of Sing Sing (now called Ossining) becomes the location of New York State's first state prison.
  • 1846 - The first railroad in Westchester County, the New York and Harlem Railroad, opens.
  • 1872 - Untermyer Park and Gardens, one of Westchester's most famous parks, is established in Yonkers.
  • 1883 - The Bronx is separated from Westchester County and becomes part of New York City.
  • 1918 - The Bronx River Parkway, the first public parkway in the United States, is opened in Westchester County.
  • 1921 - Playland amusement park opens in Rye.
  • 1954 - The Tappan Zee Bridge, connecting Westchester and Rockland counties, is opened to traffic.
  • 1977 - Westchester becomes the first suburban area to implement a curbside recycling program.