Introduction to Pelham, New York
Thomas Pell purchased around 9,166 acres of land from the Siwanoys tribe on June 27, 1654, including the area now known as Pelham. Sections of Bronx County were also included. Pell named the area in honor of Pelham Burton, his tutor. After Thomas Pell died in 1669, his nephew John Pell, who was his sole heir, inherited the land. Pelham was earlier known as Pelham Heights and The Heights. It was incorporated as the Village of Pelham Manor in 1891.
Pelham and Nearby Attractions
- Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
- Tallman Mountain State Park
- Museum of Bronx History
- Central Park Zoo
- Grants Tomb
- New York Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Pelham
Several museums near Pelham include the Van Cortlandt House Museum, the City Island Nautical Museum, and the Hudson River Museum of Westchester. The New York Botanical Garden and the George Washington Bridge are popular attractions near the village. Pelham Bay Park has a marina, playgrounds, hiking trails, and biking paths. Riverbank State Park has a theater, restaurant, pool, athletic complex, and a skating rink. Bartow-Pell Mansion is a place of historic significance near Pelham.
La Guardia is the nearest major airport.
Pelham Higher Education
Colleges nearest to Pelham include SUNY Purchase, College of New Rochelle, Sarah Lawrence College, and Manhattanville College.