The hamlets of Chappaqua and Millwood make up the Town of New Castle, with Chappaqua the larger of the two. Most people refer to the Town of New Castle as Chappaqua. New Castle covers twenty-four square miles. Over one-third of the land is undeveloped and dedicated to open space, giving its residents a wonderful feeling of country living while only thirty five miles from Manhattan.
The town has a long and rich history stretching back to the 1730s when it was predominantly settled by Quakers. For almost two centuries, the area was primarily agricultural, and its major products were milk, apples, vinegar and pickles. It did have some local factories, and in 1939 Chappaqua became the home of one major corporation, Readers’ Digest.
Eventually, many of its farms were consolidated into large estates. The town has a fine reputation for religious tolerance and outstanding public education. It has also been home to famous Americans such as Horace Greeley, as well as President and Mrs. Clinton.
- Incorporated in 1791, separating from neighboring town of North Castle
- Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Taconic State Parkway, I-684
- Distance to NYC: 35 miles
- Town Population: 18,100 (2016)
- Chappaqua Population: 1,436 (2010)
Commuter Capacity: 1200 parking spaces by permit and daily fee (metered). Residents of Chappaqua, Millwood and Mount Kisco that are within the Chappaqua Central School District are eligible to purchase parking permits at New Castle Town Hall. A minimum number of permits is made available annually to residents of Mount Pleasant (within the Chappaqua Central School District) on a lottery basis.
- Chappaqua Airport and Limousine 914-238-3194
- Greeley Transportation Service 914 238-2828
- Newtown Taxi 914-238-3195
Airport: Westchester County Airport is a 15 minute drive.
Chappaqua Central School District maintains a nationally acclaimed reputation, and has been recognized in numerous publications such as Money, Town & Country, and Newsweek magazines as well as the New York Times. Continually rated as one of the top school districts in the United States, its schools include:
- Douglas Grafflin Elementary School (K-grade 4) 914-238-7204
- Roaring Brook Elementary School (K-grade 4) 914-238-7205
- Westorchard Elementary School (K-grade 4) 914-238-7206
- Robert E. Bell Middle School (grades 5-8) 914-238-7202
- Seven Bridges Middle School (grades 5-8) 914-238-7203
- Horace Greeley High School (grades 9-12) 914-238-7201
- CCSD Administration 914-238-7200
For a full school report on Chappaqua schools, please visit New York State Education Department.
- Rippowam/Cisqua Lower Campus, Mount Kisco (PreK-grade 4) 914-244-1200
- Rippowam/Cisqua Upper Campus, Bedford (grades 5-9) 914-244-1250
- The Hackley School (PreK-grade 12) 914-366-2600
- The Masters School (PreK-grade 12) 914-479-6400
- Rye Country Day School (PreK-grade 12) 914-967-1417
- The Harvey School (grades 6-12) 914-232-3161
- Archbishop Stepinac High School (grades 9-12 boys) 914-946-4800
- Fordham Preparatory School (grades 9-12) 718-367-7500
- Solomon Schechter School of Westchester (K-grade 12) 914-948-3111
- St Augustine’s School (PreK-grade 8) 914-941-3849
- Kennedy Catholic High School (grades 9-12) 914-232-5061
Gedney Park has 126 acres dedicated to playgrounds, hiking trails, ice skating, sledding, picnic shelters, pond, soccer fields, baseball fields and tennis courts. It is located in Millwood on Route 133.
Play golf at the new public course at Hudson Hills in Ossining, Hollow Brook Golf Club in Cortlandt Manor, and on the private course at Hudson National Golf Course in Croton-on-Hudson which allows village residents with a qualifying handicap to play. Other nearby private clubs include The Sleepy Hollow Country Club and The Trump National Golf Club.
Bike and walk the North-South County Trailway, a paved, multi-use trail spanning 36.2 miles through Westchester County, 22.1 miles comprise the North County Trailway, from Eastview in the Town of Greenburgh north to Putnam County. The remaining 14.1 miles, south to the New York City border make up the South County.
Chappaqua Library features a 200 seat theater and a spacious art gallery.
The Jacob Burns Film Center opened in 2001 on the site of the old Rome Theater in the village of Pleasantville. JBFC is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema in a beautiful new facility. Leading actors, directors, screenwriters are frequent speakers at events.
The Westchester Mall is 15 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Nieman Marcus)
Home Depot is 20-25 minutes away in Yonkers
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