Cortlandt Manor is one of many hamlets within the town of Cortlandt—in addition to Montrose, Verplanck, Crugers, Crompond, part of Mohegan Lake, and the incorporated villages of Croton and Buchanan. Located in the northwest corner of Westchester, the Town of Cortlandt spans a diverse and scenic area of nearly fifteen miles from the Hudson River inland to rolling hills, woodland and rushing streams. At the same time, the area encompasses several well-developed shopping areas, thus successfully combining attractive traits of town and country living into one area.
Hendrick Hudson discovered the Hudson River in 1609, sailing his ship the Half Moon north anchoring at Verplanck’s Point. The name Cortlandt comes from Stephanus Van Cortlandt, a merchant and the first American-born mayor of New York City, who began purchasing land from local Native Americans in the area in 1677.
Cortlandt was the site of many skirmishes during the Revolutionary War. Local Roads, such as Watch Hill and Furnace Dock Road, where the furnaces that made ammunition for the war effort were located, bear names reflecting the Revolutionary time. St. Peter's Church is a one-room Episcopal church where Gen. George Washington is said to have read morning prayers. It was also used as a hospital for French troops during the American Revolution. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, as are the adjoining Van Cortlandtville Cemetery and the Little Red Schoolhouse, which operated until 1972 and became The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society.
Incorporated in 1788
Local Highways: Taconic State Parkway, Rte 9 & 9A, Bear Mountain Parkway and the Palisades Parkway
Area: 34.5 sq miles
Population: 42,821 (2016)
Distance to NYC: 38 miles
Cortlandt commuters can reach Grand Central Station in less than an hour from two convenient Metro North stations on the Hudson Line. The Cortlandt Train Station is located at 2 Memorial Dr., and the Croton-Harmon station is at 1 Croton Point Avenue.
Commuter Capacity: Cortlandt 1600 spaces, Croton-Harmon 1900 spaces. Village residents automatically get a parking permit. Outside the village, there may be a wait-list for permits. There is also daily metered parking.
J & S Taxi 914-271-3333
Larry's Taxi 914-271-3777
Airport: Westchester County Airport is a 35 minute drive.
The town of Cortlandt does not have its own school system. The locations of its residents’ homes will determine where their children will attend schools:
Hendrick Hudson School District (K-grade 12) 914-257-5100
Lakeland Central School District (K-grade 12) 914-245-1700
Croton-Harmon Union Free School District (K-grade 12) 914-271-4713
Putnam Valley Central School District (K-grade 12) 845 528-8143
For full school reports, 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
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.
For spectacular 180° river views, visit Croton Point Park, which features hiking, boating, swimming, and camping. Further upriver is George’s Island Park, 208 acres located on the waterfront of Montrose. Here it is possible to spy Bald Eagles soaring overhead.
Be awestruck by the massive Croton Dam and the thundering water cascading over its massive hand chiseled stone construction. Fish, picnic and hike at Croton Gorge Park, a 97-acre property at the base of the dam.
Blue Mountain Reservation is a a heavily-wooded, wild 1600 acre park with over fifteen miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking. The Blue Mountain Trail Lodge has overnight and eating accommodations available for rent by groups and sleeps up to 30 people.
Take a tour of the Historic Hudson Valley properties of Van Cortlandt Manor, an estate located in Croton-on-Hudson which dates back to the 1600’s, Philipsburg Manor, the pre-Revolutionary home and working farm in Sleepy Hollow, and Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home in nearby Pocantico Hills.
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.
The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater is wonderful resource for the entire region. This stunning space is a historic theater recently renovated and used for regular showings of art house films, theoretical and music performances as well as a gallery space. Stars such as Stanley Tucci and Bernadette Peters have devoted their energy to its success.
The Westchester Mall is 30 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus).
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