Ossining in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
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 walking distance of this marker. The Cynthard Building / El Edificio Cynthard (here, next to this marker); The First Baptist Church / La Primera Iglesia Bautista (within shouting distance of this marker); Ossining High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellis Place and the Little Shop Tea Room / Ellis Place y El Salón de Tι la Tendita (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ossining Bank for Savings / El banco Sing Sing de Seguros (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Presbyterian Church / La Primera Iglesia Presbyteriana (about 400 feet away); Trinity Episcopal Church / Iglesia Episcopal Trinity (about 400 feet away); Ossining, New York (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ossining.
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 . . . Downtown Ossining Historic District. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on March 6, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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