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Beginning with its settlement by refugees seeking religious freedom to its present standing as a diverse and vibrant city, New Rochelle’s 325-year-old story reflects many great American trends and social movements. From a small town of farms to one of New York’s leading suburbs, by the turn of the 20th century, New Rochelle was a fashionable spot from which to “drop a note.” The “Golden Age of Postcards” arrived at an ideal time for the rapidly growing community, which boasted an array of winning characteristics, including 12 meandering miles of Long Island Sound shoreline, attractive neighborhoods styled as “residential parks,” an up-and-coming downtown, and many impressive structures. In New Rochelle, vintage postcards from the New Rochelle Public Library’s local history collection provide a wonderful glimpse into the years New Rochelle’s core identity took shape.
About the Author
Barbara Davis is the city historian of New Rochelle and community relations coordinator for the New Rochelle Public Library. She previously authored a history of the city in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series in 2009.
Table of Contents
1 An Early American Settlement Begins Its Transformation 9
2 New Rochelle's Sound Resorts 31
3 Summer Homes in the Country, Philanthropy, and New Citizens 45
4 Residential Parks Just 45 Minutes from Broadway 61
5 Hometown America Becomes a 20th-Century City 77
6 Fort Slocum and New Rochelle's World War I Years 101
7 Boom Time through the 1920s 111
About the New Rochelle Public Library 127