The Town of Somers is located in northern Westchester, with the hamlets of Lincolndale, Shenorock, Granite Springs, Purdys, Baldwin Place and Amawalk all located within its borders. The nearby Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line provides service to Grand Central Terminal with an average commute time of around 90 minutes from nearby stations at Croton Falls, Purdys, Goldens Bridge and Katonah.
With the progression of the nineteenth century, the town profited from its hat and carriage factories, hotels, general stores and farms. At the beginning of the twentieth century, efficient trains and highway systems had developed, and conveniently linked the area to all points north, south, east and west. People from the city, recognizing the beauty, convenience and accessibility of the area, began spending their summers on the shores of the area’s lakes. As the century evolved, the area developed as a year-round home for people who could appreciate Somers’ rural, yet convenient, location.
The Somers Hamlet Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places, spanning 56 acres and includes Ivandell Cemetery (the site of the Richard Somers Veterans Memorial), town-owned Bailey Park and The Elephant Hotel (seat of Somers’ town government and the Somers Historical Society and Museum).
Both town and county-owned parks, such as Reis, Muscoot, Koegel and Lasdon, provide recreational opportunities for residents, as well as 654 acres of open space at the Angle Fly Preserve. The Town’s historic character and its wealth of natural areas lend a rural sensibility that has attracted many to live here.
Established in 1788
Local Highways: I684, Taconic Parkway, Saw Mill Parkway
Distance to NYC: 46 miles
Area: 32 sq mi
Population: 21,345 (2016)
Croton Falls (13 minute drive to station, 93 minute commute by train to GCT)
Purdys (12 minute drive to station, 90 minute commute by train to GCT)
Goldens Bridge (11 minute drive to station, 90 minute commute by train to GCT)
Katonah (10 minute drive to station, 81 minute commute by train to GCT)
PARKINGWhile parking options differ from station to station, all offer both permit and first come, first serve daily metered spaces.
There are no Connecting Services at Purdys or Goldens Bridge train stations.
Mahopac-Croton Falls Shuttle for service between Mahopac and Grand Central Station. In conjunction with MTA, offers the Guaranteed Ride Home Program with valid UniTicket.
PART Mahopac-Croton Falls Commuter Shuttle (former Bee Line Route 33) operates Monday- Friday to/from Grand Central Station.
Beeline Local Route # 19 bus stop at Katonah Train Station.
Al’s Car Service 914.277.4499
Frank’s Taxi 914.666.6002
Westchester County Airport is a 25 minute drive.
The Somers Central School District is a highly rated public school district with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers an array of diverse leisure activities to the residents of Somers, including programs for Pre School/After-School, Youth Sports, Camps and Clinics, Adults, Senior Citizens, Special Events, and many areas for active and passive recreation:
Reis Park is the town’s main source of active recreation, and the only park with lighted facilities. It includes athletic fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, fitness and nature trails, picnic pavilion and facilities, a performance stage, comfort stations, concession stand and parking areas. The Somers Public Library and the Parks and Recreation Department administration building are located in the park.
Just north of Reis Park is the 20 acre Van Tassel Park offering wooded areas, a recreation/senior center in the Tompkins Marshall House, police headquarters and parking areas. Amenities include athletic fields, comfort station and playground. The park is separated from Reis Park by the historic Wright-Reis Homestead, but linked by the Primrose Path pedestrian trail.
Koegel Park provides passive recreation opportunities such as trails, greenway, picnic areas.
West Somers Park is a 4-acre neighborhood park located in Granite Springs that includes a pond and natural wooded areas.
The Elephant Hotel is a historic former hotel which today serves as the Town Hall and houses the Somers Historical Society. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2005. The hotel and its elephant statue were erected in memory of Old Bet, the first circus elephant who lived in Somers with her owner Hachaliah Lyman Bailey in the nineteenth century, and who helped inspire the development of the American Circus.
The second oldest surviving Methodist chapel in Westchester is the Mt. Zion Church and Burial Ground, whose cemetery holds the graves of many of the town’s earliest settlers. It was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1990, and it is now used for concerts, meetings and events, and can be visited by the public by appointment.
For local grocery shopping, Somers has DeCicco & Sons; pick up freshly made breads and pastries at Sweet Delites Pastry Shop; and visit your local butcher at ValBen’s Heritage Market, a gourmet deli carrying the finest imported food, including gourmet prime meats, fish, poultry, Boars Head cold cuts, freshly made dinners, soups and more. In nearby Goldens Bridge is an ACME Market; in nearby Baldwin Place is a Stop & Shop, and Greens Natural Foods, a small chain grocer sourcing local farmers & suppliers for organic produce, all-natural meat and more.
Get your locally sourced produce from various farms in the area; on Sundays visit the Muscoot Farm Farmers Market in Katonah; The Meadows Farm is open May to October in Yorktown Heights; and Stuarts Farm is open August to December in Granite Springs.
For dining, try IL FORNO Italian Kitchen & Bar, a warm, relaxed eatery in a restored colonial-style building with brick-oven pizza & Italian classics; Salsa Verde Taqueria & Bar offers mouthwatering salsas, tacos and other Mexican specialties; Bobo’s Cafe has java, espresso, frozen drinks, paninis and baked goods in a chill coffee shop; The Burger Barn is locally owned with a well-rounded menu focused around the burger and open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner; Mamma Rosa Ristorante is family-owned and run offering standard meat, pasta & seafood dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
In nearby Katonah, experience a taste of Italy at Le Fontane Restaurant, also family-owned and operated, and is the perfect location for a casual dinner, formal dining or private event; Muscoot Tavern is a quirky, old-school tavern in a rustic space with low ceilings offering comfort food since 1925.
The Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish in North Salem offers fresh and healthy farm to table cuisine, with dishes featuring seafood & vegetables grown on-site are whipped up in a cozy 18th-century farmhouse.
Eat, shop and play at the Jefferson Valley Mall, just 15 minutes away in Yorktown. Macy’s, Dicks Sporting Goods, and 24 Hour Fitness are its anchor stores, with nearly ninety other well known stores such as H&M, Loft, and Express.
20 minutes from Somers is the Cortlandt Town Center on Rte 6 in Mohegan Lake, housing over 40 stores, including Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, various clothing stores and restaurants, and a 12-screen Regal UA Theater.
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