“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Ossining in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Union Hotel

Union Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 10, 2010
1. Union Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Union Hotel stood on this corner about 1800 to 1890. Owned by Enoch Crosby Jr., later by Simeon M. Tompkins. Stage stop N.Y.–Albany & Somers.
Erected 1936 by State Education Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 41° 9.655′ N, 73° 51.678′ W. Marker is in Ossining, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is at the intersection of South Highland Avenue (Albany Post Road) (U.S. 9) and Church Street, on the left when traveling north on South Highland Avenue (Albany Post Road). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ossining NY 10562, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Leatherman (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sparta Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Birthplace of John L. Worden 1818-1897 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Treaty Oak Site (approx. 2.1 miles away); Commemorating the Defense of Teller's Point (approx. 2.6 miles away);
Union Hotel Site and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 10, 2010
2. Union Hotel Site and Marker
This is not the Union Hotel. It stood at this site and was torn down.
Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain (approx. 2.8 miles away); Doctor Davies Farm (approx. 3.3 miles away); St. Paul’s Church (approx. 4 miles away).
Regarding Union Hotel. A stage, or stagecoach, is a type of four-wheeled closed coach for passengers and goods, strongly sprung and drawn by four horses usually under the control of one driver. Widely used before the introduction of railway transport, it made regular trips between stages or stations, which were places of rest provided for stagecoach travelers. The business of running stagecoaches or the act of journeying in them was known as staging. —Wikipedia

The stagecoaches once ran between New York City and Albany and between New York City and Somers. Somerstown Turnpike—the current Croton Avenue then Somerstown Road (Routes 133 and 100)—begins one block north, on the right. From here it is 35 miles to downtown Manhattan, 16 miles to Somers, and 120 miles to Albany. Passengers stopped for meals, waited for the next stagecoach, or spent the night at the hotel.

In 1851 the Hudson River Railroad was completed from Albany to New York City, and the stagecoach era on this route quickly came to an end.
Also see . . .  The Ossining Story
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. Microsoft Word document. Excerpt: “There were many hotels and taverns here then. Perhaps best known was the Union Hotel owned at one time by Enoch Crosby Jr., son of the man said to have been the inspiration for the hero of J. Fennimore Cooper’s ‘The Spy’. Others were Ward’s Tavern in Pleasant Square, the American and St. Cloud Hotels, and, in Sparta the Jug Tavern and Washington Inn. The site of the Union Hotel is now marked by a New York State highway marker on the southwest corner of Church Street and South Highland Avenue. Across the street carefully encased in a stone framework at the entrance of the Ossining Junior-Senior High School is a red milestone, showing the distance from New York, which once stood in front of the Union Hotel.” (Submitted on August 22, 2010.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 896 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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