History and Heritage
Discover the nation’s past at sites that played a key role in the American Revolution. Visit the Jacob Purdy House which twice served as Washington’s headquarters; the garden-glorious Katonah homestead of patriot John Jay; and the Thomas Paine Cottage where several rooms are set up to reflect what life was like during the Revolutionary War and late 18th Century.
Admire collections of artifacts at the Horace Greeley House, home to one of America’s revolutionaries. Find still more insights at the Hastings Historical Society which features a walking tour of the Hastings-on Hudson village. The 18th-century Saint Paul’s Church, with its cemetery and village green, tells the story of the development of colonial society and the road to Revolution.
Visit a monument to the First Rhode Island Regiment, comprised mostly of enslaved blacks ordered to defend northern Westchester in 1780. Make your way to Philipse Manor Hall, a museum of history, art and architecture with an impressive collection of portraits, including the six Presidents from New York State. Learn about the selflessness of missionaries at the Maryknoll Mission Center and Museum.
Other museums, memorials and historic houses recognize the creation of democracy, the fight for freedom and Westchester’s important role in it all.