Question: In what year did the current Chappaqua Railroad Station open? Who donated the land to allow for its construction at its present location? Bonus question: The road leading to Chappaqua Station is named Woodburn Avenue. Who is it named after?
Answer: 1902; Gabrielle Greeley; Horace Greeley’s Mother, Mary Woodburn.
Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm. New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.
Question: By the late 1800s, New Castle’s agriculture became less profitable, and more and more local farm owners became inclined to sell and move out. There were also potential buyers—affluent New York City businessmen seeking to acquire country estates. These homeowners, who often located their mansions on high ground with long vistas, were familiarly given this nickname.
Historic Photo: Around 1898, NYC banker George MacKay bought a large farm near the crest of the hill on Whippoorwill Road, where it crosses from New Castle into North Castle. It was the original homestead of the Quinbys, who were among the town’s original Quaker settlers. McKay transformed the farmhouse into a rambling, shingle-style summer home for himself, his wife, and their four sons and two daughters. He also built or adapted many of the other buildings on the property to create After Glow Farm, a complex that was at once a gentleman’s estate and a working farm.
Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.
New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.
To Protect, Preserve, and Make Publicly Accessible
Your support of the New Castle Historical Society is crucial for
us to continue our work of preserving New Castle’s history for future
Your membership gift enables us to take on preservation
projects, such as the conservation of a rare American Sampler, created by New
Castle resident Abigail Underhill in 1800.
The above sampler is considered rare due to its excellent
condition and age. The NCHS was able to conserve the sampler through generous
funding from our members and grant funding from the Greater Hudson Heritage
Network Conservation Treatment Program.
The maker, Abigail Underhill, created the sampler while she
attended the Nine Partners Boarding School in 1800. The school, located in
Dutchess County, opened in 1796 to serve Quaker families in the area, and was
New York’s first co-educational boarding and day school. The
Textile Conservation Workshop, located in South Salem, New York, completed the
delicate conservation of this exquisite piece.
In addition to conserving and housing Abigail Underhill’s
sampler, we currently preserve over 3,500 local artifacts and objects related
to New Castle’s history for the public trust. Due to your support, we are able:
to provide environmentally
controlled conditions for these artifacts in our headquarters, the Horace
Greeley House, a preserved local historic landmark,
to work with a trained
archivist to organize, catalog, and assess these objects four times per month,
and to make these
objects available for public research and viewing.
Not only do we utilize these historic artifacts for research,
but we also share them with our visitors by displaying them in rotating
exhibitions and education programs.
Due to your generosity, and funding through several grant
programs, we’ve been fortunate to conserve dozens of books, ledgers, and
paintings over the past decade alone. In addition to the conservation of these
smaller historic objects, the historical society also manages a member-funded
program to preserve and conserve all of New Castle’s local family graveyards.
In the next two years, the historical society plans to conserve
Horace Greeley’s umbrella, several historic letters, and a memorial book
presented to the Greeley Family by the Common Council of the City of New York
upon Horace Greeley’s death in 1872. In addition to these conservation
projects, we plan to begin the process of digitizing our 1,000+ historic
photograph collection—with the ultimate goal of making these available to the
public through an online database.
Your participation in our membership program makes it possible for us to protect, preserve, and make publicly accessible these historic treasures. We are halfway through our Museum Membership Month—having raised $4,800 of our $30,000 goal. This is a great start, but we still have a long way to go! You may join or renew here: https://www.newcastlehs.org/join-support/membership/
We hope you will consider joining or renewing your membership in
the historical society today—as we advance our pursuit of preserving local
historical treasures, large and small.