Introduction to Mount Vernon, New York
Mount Vernon, New York, in Westchester county, is 14 miles NE of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the New York metropolitan area with. Mount Vernon has a population of approximately 68,381.
Mount Vernon History
In 1850, a merchant tailor from New York City by the name of John Stevens set out to create a property that would help improve the condition of the working class in the city. To this end, he founded the Industrial Home Association No. 1 of New York which enrolled 1,017 due-paying members. This land went on to become the Village of Mount Vernon. It was then a part of the Town of Eastchester. The community was named after George Washington's estate in Virginia.
Mount Vernon and nearby Attractions
- Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
- Mount Vernon Public Library
- Bronx County Historical Society
- George Washington Bridge
- Pelham Lake
- Bronx Zoo
Things To Do In Mount Vernon
The city of Mount Vernon is ideally located to provide easy access to a number of historical sites and museums. The Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site houses a church that was founded in 1665. The Bartow-Pell Mansion and Dyckman House are also within 5 miles of the city. In addition, one can visit the Bronx County Historical Society, City Island Nautical Museum, Hudson River Museum of Westchester and the Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site from Mount Vernon. The Bronx Zoo, George Washington Bridge and the New York Botanical Garden are ideal destinations for a day trip with family and friends.
Mount Vernon Transportation
Air transportation is available from La Guardia Airport.
Mount Vernon Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are provided by The College of New Rochelle, Manhattan College, Fordham University, CUNY Lehman College and Monroe College.