Introduction to Yorktown Heights, New York
Yorktown Heights History
Stephanus Van Cortlandt bought area land from local Native Americans in 1683. Following America's decisive victory at Yorktown, Virginia during the Revolutionary War, the community was named Yorktown. It was officially incorporated in 1788. Yorktown Heights is a census designated place in the town of Yorktown.
Yorktown Heights and nearby Attractions
- Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
- Maritime Aquarium
- Yorktown Museum
- Mohansic State Park
- Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
- Bartlett Arboretum
Things To Do In Yorktown Heights
Yorktown Heights offers easy access to a number of historic sites and museums, including the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, the West Point Museum, the John Jay Homestead Historic Site and the Van Cortlandt Manor. The 305-acre Seth Low Pierrepont State Park Reserve offers hiking, fishing and boating opportunities. The Maritime Aquarium, Bartlett the Arboretum and Splashdown theme park are some of the popular attractions in the area. The community also hosts the Yorktown Grange Fair every September.
Yorktown Heights Transportation
Air transportation is available from Westchester County Airport.
Yorktown Heights Higher Education
Mercy College-Yorktown Heights Branch Campus is located in Yorktown Heights. Pace University-Pleasantville Briarcliff, SUNY Westchester Commmunity College, Iona College and SUNY College at Purchase are some of the other nearby colleges.