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Near Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Westchester County

Historic New York

 
 
Westchester County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, May 31, 2009
1. Westchester County Marker
Inscription. The rugged shore of the Hudson River and the rocky hills north of Manhattan did not encourage early settlement. Patents were issued in 1639 to Jonas Bronck (Bronx) and in 1646 to Adriaen Van der Donck (Yonkers). After the overthrow of Dutch rule in 1664, manorial patents were issued for Van Cortlandt, Phillipsburg, Pelham, Fordham and Scarsdale manors on which tenants paid a yearly quitrent. In the eighteenth century these were subdivided, but large landholdings prevailed. In the revolution General Washington’s troops retreated from Long Island and Harlem Heights through the British at White Plains October 28, 1776, and then crossed the Hudson River to New Jersey. New York City remained in British hands and Westchester was largely Loyalist in sympathies. In 1779, New York State confiscated the lands of leading Tories but the pattern of large estates remained after the revolution some owned by patriot leaders such as Pierre Van Cortlandt, John Jay and Gouverneur Morris. Riverfront and picturesque valleys became sites for homes of prominent New York families while artists and writers like Washington Irving found here a romantic setting. Population increased ,with many residents commuting by a network of railroads and highways to New York City.
 
Erected 1963 by Education Department, State of New
Westchester County Marker in front of Travel Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, May 31, 2009
2. Westchester County Marker in front of Travel Plaza
York, NYS Thruway Authority. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 40° 59.077′ N, 73° 51.166′ W. Marker is near Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, in Westchester County. Marker can be reached from Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway (Interstate 87 at milepost 6), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located northbound between exit 6A and exit 7. Marker is in this post office area: Hastings on Hudson NY 10706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Draper Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Battle of Edgar's Lane (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ardsley World War I Honor Roll (approx. 1.9 miles away); Willow Point (approx. 2.4 miles away); Dobbs Ferry Memorial Park (approx. 2.4 miles away); Dobbs Ferry Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Eastchester Memorial Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Gold Star Mothers Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hastings-on-Hudson.
 
More about this marker. Situated in front of the Ardsley Travel Plaza building.
 
Also see . . .  New York State Thruway Travel Plaza. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
 
Additional keywords.
Ardsley Travel Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, May 31, 2009
3. Ardsley Travel Plaza Marker
Ardsley,NY
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable PlacesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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