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Village of Ossining

Ossining and the Village of Ossining are located in the Hudson River TownsThe Village of Ossining, located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River 30 miles north of New York City, is one of a number of river towns with older industrial/ waterfront and historic downtown areas. Ossining is approximately three square miles, has a population of about 26,000 and has three miles of waterfront along the Hudson River.


Ossining was incorporated as the Village of Sing Sing in 1813, but changed its name to Ossining in 1901.

In 2013, the Village of Ossining celebrates the 200th Anniversary of its incorporation as a chartered Village. The Village will mark its anniversary with several Bicentennial Events commemorating the history of Ossining.

The Village of Ossining has:

  • a diverse population which makes it dynamic in many ways
  • breathtaking views of the water and pristine Hudson Palisades
  • Historic Downtown
  • a library that offers various cultural events to the community, and
  • extraordinary schools which are recent recipients of the Intel Award for best science program in the nation
  • The distinction of being voted “One of the Most Architecturally Beautiful Towns” by Westchester Magazine in 2012.
  • Teatown Lake Reservation: An environmental education and nature preserve offering birds-of-prey, animal displays and extensive trails.
  • Dale Cemetery:  The final resting place of such historic figures as Aaron Ward, retired Congressman; General Thomas Allcock, Civil War General for the Union Army; Franz Boas, the “Father of American Anthropology;” John T. Hoffman, Governor of New York and Mayor of New York City; Sonny Sharrock, famous jazz guitarist; and Samuel Youngs, the inspiration for the character Ichabod Crane in his friend Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
  • The Briarcliff-PeekskillTrailway: A 12-mile linear park that runs from the Town of Ossining north to Westchester County's Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill.

For more information about Ossining, visit these sites:

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