Purchase, NY Name is derived from Harrison “Purchase” of the land.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The Beginning of Harrison Purchase According to Charles Dawson, Harrison’s first town historian, the true story began with the Siwanoy Indians who sold land to Peter Disbrow in 1662 and to John Budd in 1666, and again in 1695 to John Harrison. Unfortunately for Mr. Disbrow and Mr. Budd, neither had filed claims with the […]

Mamaroneck means “the place where the sweet waters fall into the sea,”

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

History of the Town of Mamaroneck Mamaroneck, a Native American name translated as “the place where the sweet waters fall into the sea,” is located just twenty-three miles north of New York City. Established at the mouth of a river and at the head of a harbor, John Richbell a London merchant living in Oyster […]

Chappaqua Meaning = “the rustling land”

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Chappaqua — A Brief History Chappaqua has a long and rich history dating back to the late 1600s, when it was purchased by, among others, an Englishman, John Richbell, from the Siwanoys. In the 1700s Quaker moved into the area. Its name comes from the Algonquian word shah-pah-ka,  meaning “the rustling land” or a place […]

Larchmont, NY Named after the Larch Tree

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Early Larchmont History The earliest known settlers were the Siwanoy Indians, an Algonquin tribe. They harvested the rich marshlands for clams and hunted inland for bear, deer, racoon and muskrat. In 1614, a Dutch sea captain discovered Long Island Sound after passing through Hell’s Gate. He reported seeing campfires in what is now known as […]

Ardsley, NY was Originally called Ashford

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Village of Ardsley, a brief history  The area that includes the Village of Ardsley was originally inhabited by the Weckqueskecks, a branch of the Mohican tribe of the Algonquin nation. Ashford Avenue, the main road, was once a trail used by the Indians to travel from the Hudson River to Long Island Sound. By the […]