Introduction to Mahopac, New York
Adolphus Philipse patented this land in 1697. The community was named Mahopac after an Algonquian term meaning snake lake. The Red Mills, which served as a center for grinding grain and storing flour, was established in Mahopac and soldiers were stationed to guard it. In 1812, Putnam County was incorporated, which led to the steady development of Mahopac. By the mid 19th century, it became a prosperous summer resort community. After World War II, Mahopac experienced further growth.
Mahopac and nearby Attractions
- Carmel Historical Society Museum
- Mahopac Falls
- Washington Headquarters Monument
- John Jay Homestead Historic Site
- Blue Mountain Reservation
- Bartlett Arboretum
Things To Do In Mahopac
Mahopac Falls, the waters of which drove the Red Mills, is a popular destination in Mahopac. The region is also home to Lake Mahopac and Lake Secor. The Trailside Nature Museum houses Native American artifacts, while the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden features collections of eastern art and photographs. The Washington Headquarters Monument, the Dutch Colonial fieldstone house that served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolution, is accessible from Mahopac as well. Blue Mountain Reservation and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation feature nature trails, playgrounds and picnic areas, and also offer hiking, fishing, camping and mountain biking opportunities.
John F. Kennedy International is accessible from Mahopac.
Mahopac Higher Education
Pace University-Pleasantville Briarcliff, SUNY Westchester Community College and Western Connecticut State University are some of the nearby colleges and universities.