Ready to explore and learn about downtown Chappaqua before the railroad first came to town? Guided tours of the downtown area are given on various occasions. The tour usually takes about one hour and starts at the Greeley House.
Tours of the Quaker graveyard and Fair Ridge Cemetery have been conducted by Gray Williams, Town Historian, assisted by Ken White and John Magoun. These tours are of the gravesites of prominent families in New Castle’s history, and each site is illustrated by photographs of either family members or the houses they lived in. We hope to make one tour per year an annual event.
The current downtown of Chappaqua is what once was Horace Greeley’s 78 acres land parcel. We offer both guided and self-guided tours through parts of Greeley’s original farm. Through this, participants will learn about the legacy the Greeley family had on Chappaqua.
The tour starts at the Horace Greeley House, then heads south through Greeley Woods, and finishes back at the Greeley House. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes (there are some moderate grades and pebbly paths).
The walk takes approximately 50-60 minutes.