Nothing says October in Westchester County like colorful leaves and scary stories. Once Halloween time rolls around, it can be a lot of fun to learn about local myths and legends. For those who don't mind a little scare, our REALTORS® compiled a list of Westchester County destinations with haunted histories. If you're brave enough, driving by these spooky locations can be a fun activity with friends or even a Halloween date night idea.
Westchester County has a long and exciting history dating back to pre-colonial times. Whether you're in town searching for Mahopac homes for sale or helping your family move into Eastchester homes for sale, our REALTORS® invite all visitors and future residents of Westchester County to learn more about the area. Here are eight fun facts about Westchester we bet that you didn't know!
Today, the Westchester County area is known as a fantastic place to shop for a family home, and that has been true for some of New York's most prominent families dating back more than two centuries. There's an unusually high concentration of preserved, historic estates in local communities, which our REALTORS®, local residents, and countless visitors have enjoyed touring for many years. Get a taste of local history, by taking an Instagram tour of the five fabulous estates on our list of historic Westchester County homes.
Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate – 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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Home to the famed Rockefeller family for four generations, Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate is a truly stunning historic landmark located in Westchester County. Originally home to oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, this property sets a standard for luxury. The art collections alone are enough to rival many museums, and the outdoor gardens still rank as some of the most stunning that New York has to offer.
Art is about quality, not quantity. Nestled close among the many charming Tarrytown homes for sale is a perfect jewel of an art find, the legendary Union Church of Pocantico Hills. For art lovers and addicts of delightful discovery, this country church (it still holds regular Sunday services; all are welcome) is worth a wondrous detour. Union Church is home to nine stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse's final artwork.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. designed and had built Union Church in 1921, and though a church, it functioned very much as an extension of the Rockefeller name.
In 1948 Nelson Rockefeller honored his mother, patron of the arts Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, by commissioning art from two fabulously original and famous European artists, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Chagall was a French-Russian artist known for his joyful, humanistic modern art. He dealt fluidly in painting, book illustration, stage design, ceramics, and chinaware, and much more. Chagall was as comfortable producing the intimate, sun-drenched stained glass for Union Church in Pocantico Hills, as he was completing the heroically scaled pieces for the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Visitors to the Lyndhurst mansion are equally in awe of the magnificent structure and its spectacular surroundings. Very often, those same visitors begin searching for Tarrytown homes for sale, drawn by the beauty of the Hudson Valley, the mighty Hudson River, and the charming history.
Though hard to believe when viewing the Gothic Revival mansion now, Lyndhurst started as a modest two-story country villa for the former mayor of New York City, William Paulding.
Architect Alexander Jackson Davis used the popular romantic movement of the time, so often seen in Hudson Valley paintings, to create in stone what other artists created in oils and words. The Gothic Revival style seen in what was "The Knoll" still captures the imagination today.
When it comes to Yonkers homes for sale, our real estate agents know what to look for. There are many good reasons to be excited about a new home in Yonkers. Packed with beauty and full of world-class amenities, the area is widely known for its deep and fascinating history.
Yonkers is one of the safest cities in the United States and has been the home of luminaries in the arts, literature, and sciences. That includes such famous figures as Ella Fitzgerald.
Residents and community leaders of Yonkers have worked hard over the years to ensure its history is preserved for the future. That's why newcomers to Yonkers can still enjoy a range of wonderful museums and structures that have defined the area for centuries. Among the many historic homes still in a pristine state stands the John Bond Trevor House.
Yonkers' special charm has attracted people from all over the United States since the start. Some come here to retire, while others have delivered their greatest contributions to humanity from here.