Introduction to Tarrytown, New York
Tarrytown, New York, in Westchester county, is 5 miles NW of White Plains, New York and 24 miles N of New York, New York. The village is included in the New York metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 11,090 people lived in Tarrytown.
According to historical records, the first house was built in this area sometime in 1645. Writer Washington Irving was a resident of Tarrytown, and claimed the name of the town originated from the local women whose husbands spent a lot of time in the village tavern. However, historians believe that the name of the village was derived from a Dutch term for "wheat." In the past, this village served as a place for steamboat landing. Tarrytown was officially incorporated in 1870.
Tarrytown and nearby Attractions
- Rockland Lake State Park
- Pocantico Hills Golf Course
- Freemont Pond Town Park
- Orangetown Museum & Archives
- Philipsburg Manor
Things To Do In Tarrytown
The Rockefeller State Preserve has facilities for a diverse range of activities like hiking, camping and picnicking. One can also visit sites of historical importance like the DeWint House, which served as Washington's headquarters during the espionage trial of the British Major John Andre. The Tarrytown Street Fair is a local celebration which is held annually in June.
La Guardia is the nearest major airport.
Tarrytown Higher Education
Marymount College is the local institution providing facilities for higher education. Other such institutions in the neighborhood include Mercy College and Iona College.