With a 15-screen movie theatre, farmer’s markets, a public golf course, a skating rink, restaurants and major retail stores throughout the city, White Plains offers something for everyone. A bustling urban center by day, White Plains also exudes a small-town vibe after the influx of shoppers and commuters depart at 5 o’clock.
First settled in 1683, White Plains was the site of the Battle of White Plains, fought in 1776. Following the retreat of George Washington's Army northward from New York City, British General William Howe landed troops in Westchester County, intending to cut off Washington's escape route. Washington retreated, establishing a position in White Plains, but Howe's troops drove Washington from Battle Hill near the city.
The City of White Plains has:
- With Bloomingdales, The Westchester (featuring the only Neiman Marcus within 90 miles) and The Galleria, White Plains is a shopping mecca.
- Westchester County Center: A 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in White Plains that hosts a broad range of concerts and musical offerings, sporting events and trade shows for the area.
- Silver Lake Preserve: Silver Lake Preserve features trails through woodlands and unmowed fields, some small streams and old stone foundations throughout its 236-acres.
- Cranberry Lake Preserve
- Maple Moor Golf Course
- Saxon Woods Park
- The Jacob Purdy House: General Washington's Headquarters from July 23 to September 16, 1778. Historians also believe it to have been the General's Headquarters before the Chatterton Hill battle of October 28, 1776. On April 31, 1979, the house was placed upon the National Register of Historic Places.
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