Saturday, March 27, 2010

Westchester County

I conducted a detailed and complete source based analysis to be able to post this post on Westchester County -- I turned to Wikipedia.

  • The Lenape were the first people to live here.
  • White "discoverers" included Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524 and Henry Hudson in 1609.
  • Significant fighting was seen in this are during the American Revolutionary War
  • Post Revolutionary War brought some industrialization - including a road (Westchester Turnpike)
  • Post American Civil War brought entrepreneurs and factories to Westchester
  • Area remained relatively rural until the 20th century
  • Roads and interstates arrived in the 1950 and 1960s
  • Today, Westchester County has 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages.
I was always confused where we "were" when we went to visit family in Westchester County. We'd be in Rye, and then someone would refer to Port Chester, and sometimes, restaurant place mats would say "Harrison" so in my mind, it sort of all was the same place. I plan to do some more research (how many times have I promised you that?) but the piece I find most interesting is that the area remained "rural-ish" throughout the time Anne lived there -- so while Anne left her rural roots and lived urban for some period of time -- certainly from 1847 - through 1860 -- and perhaps well into the 1870s -- she ended her days in a less congested and lovely part of the world.

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