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Westchester County has a rich history that goes back centuries. Here are the best places to discover it.

Take a step back in time, and learn all about the rich history of Westchester County through our area's many historical sites. Learning about an area's history can give you a deeper understanding and greater appreciation for its culture.

It just so happens that few areas have a richer history than Westchester County, which was founded all the way back in the 17th century. Our area also played a major role in the development of our country's economy and political system. If you want to learn all about how Westchester County has become the great place it is today, our REALTORS® recommend visiting some of these great historical sites: here are some great historical sites to visit:

  • Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate - 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
    Kykuit was the family home of New York icon John D. Rockefeller, and today this beautiful mansion is open for tours. The building is truly magnificent and offers spectacular views of the Hudson River. The house contains 40 rooms, many of which have been transformed into fascinating exhibits pertaining to both the Rockefellers and New York history. Outside, you'll find beautiful gardens and art. Guided tours are available from May through early November, including holidays.

  • The Bedford Museum - 201 E Main St, Bedford, VA 24523
    To gain a deeper appreciation for all the rich history and diverse culture of Bedford, we recommend checking out The Bedford Museum at the Bedford Court House. The first floor has a restored 18th-century Court Room where the well-known American lawyer Aaron Burr presented cases. The second floor contains many important historical artifacts (including the oldest jail cell in Westchester County). If you enjoy learning about the history of Bedford, you might be interested in touring some of these historical Bedford homes for sale.

  • Jay Heritage Center - 210 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY 10580
    This 23-acre estate is the former home of John Jay, one of our nation's founding fathers. Today, the Jay Heritage Center has been transformed into a museum that features educational programming around topics such as American history, architecture, and social justice. The heritage center is open every day from 7 am to 6 pm.

  • Sherwood House - 340 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY 10710
    Take a look at one of the very few pre-Revolutionary War homes in the New York area. The Sherwood House was built in 1740 and has had many owners over the year, including Yonkers' first physician Dr. John Ingersoll. Tours of this well-preserved home run through the end of June and then resume in September for the fall season. While you're visiting, be sure to swing by one of these nearby Yonkers homes for sale.

  • Glenview Historic Home - 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701
    This 1877 Gilded Age home was built by New York stockbroker John Bond Trevor in 1877 and is even featured on the HBO series The Gilded Age. The Glenview home takes you back to the late 19th century — you'll see woodwork, art, and decor from the time period, as well as artifacts that reflect the life of the Trevor family. Guided tours are 45 minutes and take place Thursdays and Fridays at 1 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 pm. 

We're proud to live in an area that has such a rich history. If you enjoy learning about the past, Westchester County is the place for you. Contact us today to learn more about our communities.

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