Chappaqua, New York Homes for Sale

There is something for everyone in the town of New Castle and the hamlets of Chappaqua and Millwood. New Castle has many beautiful parks, including Gedney Park that was voted best in Westchester in 2008.

In Chappaqua there is always something you can find to do! Wake up and roll into a chair at Le Jardin du Roi, to taste 2005 Westchester Magazine's "Best Breakfast." You can also head up the hill for a great sandwich at Lange's Little Store and Delicatessen (382 King St.). The Crown House Antiques is a great place for a little antique shopping. It's a great place to shop and savor the history of its objects. At the old Millwood Train station you can take a mental trip back in time to when the town grew up around it.

The town also has lots of history. The New Castle Historical Society's Headquarters in the Greeley House is where you can learn about the fascinating history of Chappaqua, including figures like Horace Greeley and religious groups like the Quakers.

When the railroad came to Chappaqua in 1848, the farms began to grow and ship "cash crops." To package and ship the cider, vinegar, apples, milk and other products, residents built cider mills, a pickle factory and a barrel factory. The two hamlets of Chappaqua and Millwood developed freight stations, livery stables, general stores and hotels. Later, 19th century industries included the Spencer Optical Works, near Mount Kisco, and the Bischoff Shoe Company in Chappaqua. Nevertheless, the Town remained a very small town, with 1,800 people in 1850 and less than 2,500 at the end of the century. Gradually, the local industries lost their vitality, but the beauty of the land and the relative ease of transportation provided by the railroad remained and began to attract people who had accumulated wealth in New York City. Among these was Horace Greeley, who first bought land in Chappaqua in 1853 and began assembling his 78-acre farm. It occupied much of what is now central Chappaqua, including the Horace Greeley House, the Robert E. Bell Middle School, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Chappaqua Library, and the Chappaqua railroad station. Greeley was America's foremost newspaper editor, and an unsuccessful Presidential candidate, losing to Grant in 1872 and died within a month of the election.

Following the World Wars, population of the town grew greatly. In the 1920's realtors promoted "the high pure air belt of Chappaqua." The Saw Mill River Parkway reached the Town in 1934 and in the late 30s and 40s lasting real estate developments took root. The most dramatic population increase came in the years following World War II. From 1950 to 1960 the number of people in New Castle rose by 60% to more than 14,000. A major factor in this increase was the acknowledged excellence of the Chappaqua school system.

The town also has lots of history. The New Castle Historical Society's Headquarters in the Greeley House is where you can learn about the fascinating history of Chappaqua, including figures like Horace Greeley and religious groups like the Quakers. Take one of their worthwhile walking tours around Chappaqua or take one of your own. When the railroad came to Chappaqua in 1848, the farms began to grow and ship "cash crops." To package and ship the cider, vinegar, apples, milk and other products, residents built cider mills, a pickle factory and a barrel factory. The two hamlets of Chappaqua and Millwood developed freight stations, livery stables, general stores and hotels. Later, 19th century industries included the Spencer Optical Works, near Mount Kisco, and the Bischoff Shoe Company in Chappaqua. Nevertheless, the Town remained a very small town, with 1,800 people in 1850 and less than 2,500 at the end of the century. Gradually, the local industries lost their vitality, but the beauty of the land and the relative ease of transportation provided by the railroad remained and began to attract people who had accumulated wealth in New York City. Among these was Horace Greeley, who first bought land in Chappaqua in 1853 and began assembling his 78-acre farm. It occupied much of what is now central Chappaqua, including the Horace Greeley House, the Robert E. Bell Middle School, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, the Chappaqua Library, and the Chappaqua railroad station.

Following the World Wars, population of the town grew greatly. In the 1920's realtors promoted "the high pure air belt of Chappaqua." The Saw Mill River Parkway reached the Town in 1934 and in the late 30s and 40s lasting real estate developments took root. The most dramatic population increase came in the years following World War II. From 1950 to 1960 the number of people in New Castle rose by 60% to more than 14,000. A major factor in this increase was the acknowledged excellence of the Chappaqua school system.

The mission of the Chappaqua Schools is to create a community for learning, where students, parents and staff are joined in the pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth in a caring environment. We seek to develop each student's full potential through a challenging curriculum, a diversified faculty, and a commitment to intellectual freedom. We will teach basic skills, foster creative and critical thinking, and provide a foundation for life-long learning. We will nourish our students' emotional lives and guide their social development, instilling in them an appreciation of self-worth, of individual difference, and of global interdependence. We will help them learn how to manage freedom and to act ethically so that each may become a responsible, contributing member of society. 

Town of New Castle: http://www.mynewcastle.org/
Chappaqua Central School District: http://www.chappaqua.k12.ny.us/index.cfm

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