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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, and there is no one specific location within the town that is known as New Castle.

The area covers twenty-four square miles, with over one-third of the land undeveloped and dedicated to open space, giving its residents a wonderful feeling of country living while only thirty five miles from Manhattan. Chappaqua is a quaint town and is home to many shops, restaurants, salons and other local businesses. Thanks to the much-anticipated downtown revitalization, residents and visitors can enjoy beautifully updated sidewalks, outdoor seating, and new communal gathering spots. The town also boasts 549 beautiful acres to explore, spread across seven parks and two preserves.

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. The Chappaqua Central School District offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic program, and all six schools consistently rank among the top schools in the county, state, and the nation. It has also been home to famous Americans such as Horace Greeley, as well as President and Mrs. Clinton.

Town Facts

  • 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)


Commuters of Chappaqua can reach Grand Central Station within 48 minutes on the Harlem Line of Metro North Railway from the Chappaqua’s Metro North Train Station.


  • 1200 parking spaces. (Parking Map)

  • Residents of Chappaqua, Millwood and Mount Kisco that are within the Chappaqua CSD are eligible to purchase parking permits at New Castle Town Hall (currently closed due to Covid-19, please call 914.238.4771)

  • Metered Parking in effect Mon-Friday 6:00 am to Midnight. Saturday and Sundays are Free.


  • Beeline Bus service operates Route 19 from Ossining to Katohah.

  • The Shuttle About Town service is free for anyone, and runs during morning peak train hours, evening peak hours, and a lunch time service. Service is provided Monday through Friday and Saturday morning (currently suspended due to COVID-19).





Approximately 4,000 students attend Chappaqua Central School District, which maintains a nationally acclaimed reputation, and is continually rated as one of the top school districts in the United States.

For a full school report on Chappaqua CCSD, please visit New York State Education Department.





Market profiles are prepared in collaboration with real estate agents who either live or work in the town they write about.


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