New Castle: Chappaqua and Millwood chronicles the rich
history of a northern Westchester town, located some 30 miles north of New York City. The present-day suburb was for almost two centuries an isolated agricultural area, and its chief products were milk and apples. The arrival of the railroads stimulated its growth and attracted affluent New Yorkers such as Horace Greeley to establish summer homes here. As farming declined toward the end of the 1800s, many farms were consolidated into large estates. In the 1900s, most of the former estates and remaining farms were subdivided into suburban residential neighborhoods. Families were drawn to the town by its reputation for religious diversity and outstanding public education.
About the Author
All these aspects of history are described and vividly illustrated in New Castle: Chappaqua and Millwood. The book contains some 200 stunning photographs from the New Castle Historical Society, Westchester County Historical Society, Mount Kisco Historical Society, Chappaqua Public Library, and private collections. It was compiled by members of the New Castle Historical Society and town historian Gray Williams with the hope of generating a greater understanding and appreciation of the town’s history.