Introduction to Thornwood, New York
This region was originally inhabited by Algonquin Lenape Native Americans. The Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad established a station in Thornwood, but it was eliminated in the mid-1980s due to electrification. The area was, at one point of time, home to a large and flourishing marble quarry. In the 1980s, this quarry pit was filled up and a shopping center was built over it. Thornwood is currently an unincorporated hamlet in Westchester County.
Thornwood and nearby Attractions
- Bartow-Pell Mansion
- Trailside Nature Museum
- Blue Mountain Reservation
- John Jay Homestead Historic Site
- Bronx Zoo
- Rockland Lake State Park
Things To Do In Thornwood
The Trailside Nature Museum features Native American artifacts, nature trails, a resource center and picnic areas. At the Neuberger Museum of Art, visitors can view collections of 20th-century American art, including the works of artists like Willem de Kooning, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock. The home of statesman John Jay, now known as the John Jay Homestead Historic Site, is located near Thornwood as well. The Blue Mountain Reservation offers camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking opportunities, while the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation features nature trails and picnic areas. The Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, the George Washington Bridge and the Maritime Aquarium are some of the other popular destinations in the area.
John F. Kennedy International is the closest major airport.
Thornwood Higher Education
Colleges and universities accessible from Thornwood include Pace University-Pleasantville Briarcliff, SUNY Westchester Community College and Iona College.