Introduction to Eastchester, New York
Eastchester, New York, in Westchester county, is 3 miles N of Mount Vernon, New York and 17 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is included in the New York metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 18,564 people lived in Eastchester.
This town was first settled in by Europeans in 1664. The first ten families in the area came from Fairfield, Connecticut. They were granted a deed by Thomas Pell, a local landowner, permitting them to settle here. The following year saw the formal establishment of laws in the area. Initially, Eastchester was a farming community, but the arrival of a railroad during the 1840s catalyzed rapid growth in population and housing.
Eastchester and nearby Attractions
- Museum of Bronx History
- Van Cortlandt House Museum
- Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
- Pelham Bay Park
- Bronx Park
- Marble Schoolhouse
Things To Do In Eastchester
Eastchester has several historically significant sites. The local museums shed light on the interesting local history. The town provides plenty of opportunities for recreational activities as well. Lake Isle Park is spread over 116 acres and has an 18-hole golf course, an outdoor swimming pool and six tennis courts. The Recreation department of the town organizes a variety of events and special programs throughout the year.
La Guardia Airport is the nearest majort airport.
Eastchester Higher Education
The College of New Rochelle, SUNY College, Iona College and Mercy College are nearby.