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.
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)
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.
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).
New Town Taxi: 914.238.3195
Westchester County Airport is a 20 minute drive.
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.
The town boasts 549 beautiful acres to explore spread across seven parks and two preserves including Amsterdam, Burden, Gedney, Glazier, Millwood, Recreation Field, Sunny Ridge, Warburg and Whippoorwill. The New Castle Recreation Department offers a wide range of children’s programs, summer camps and youth sports teams.
Gedney Park offers something for everyone with 126 acres dedicated to playgrounds, hiking trails, ice skating, sledding, picnic shelters, soccer fields, baseball fields and tennis courts. It is located in Millwood on Route 133.
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.
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 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.
Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club with group and private lessons.
Local grocery chains include Chappaqua Village Market on King St., Whole Foods Market on Bedford Rd, and DeCicco & Sons in Millwood. Also visit Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods in Chappaqua, Villarina’s Market in Briarcliff Manor and Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations in Pleasantville.
Local dining suggestions include Spaccarelli’s, offering traditional Italian cuisine, including fresh seafood and homemade traditional plates; Crabtree Kittle House offers true farm-to-table, local cuisine & warm hospitality; Le Jardin du Roi is a warm, cozy & casual French Bistro; Ibiza’s Kitchen sources fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets for their modern Spanish cuisine; authentic Italian food at Old Stone Trattoria; and authentic, upscale Asian cuisine at Waka Asian Bistro, and many more.
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