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Teatown

Teatown is ten square miles of unparalleled natural beauty, and only thirty-five miles north of Manhattan. Country lanes with woodlands and marshlands are crisscrossed with stone fences and meadows filled with wildflowers are what make Teatown an unforgettable destination.

Teatown’s jewel is its namesake, Teatown Lake Reservation, a pristine 1,000 acre nature preserve and environmental education center that includes the 41-acre Teatown Lake, 7-acre Shadow Lake and 9-acre Vernay Lake. It also provides 15 miles of hiking trails, open to the public year-round from dusk-til-dawn. The two-acre Wildflower Island is home to roughly 280 species of wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, sedges and rushes. The Center provides year-round programming, wildlife exhibits, and natural science day camps during summer and school breaks. From its famous annual events PlantFest and Hudson River EagleFest, to guided tours of Wildflower Island, this is a popular spot for all nature lovers.

Teatown’s fascinating history goes back to the Revolutionary War when local women rioted to gain access to tea being stored in the area by black market grocers from New York City.  Tea was scarce in 1776 due to British taxation, and a man by the name of John Arthur was hoarding a chest full of tea with thoughts of selling it at huge profit. A group of women called the Daughters of Eve found out and demanded him sell the tea at a reasonable fee. After he refused, the women laid siege to the farmhouse, and Mr. Arthur finally agreed to sell the tea at a fair price in exchange for a peaceful withdrawal. Hence, the area became known as “Teatown”.

The preservation itself began in 1963 with a 194-acre gift from the family of Gerard Swope, Sr., former Chairman of General Electric, to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. In 1971, Teatown became formally incorporated as a separate legal entity, and 21 community members made up a board of directors. As Teatown continued to grow, the partnership with the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens became less necessary, and the Garden passed the property to Teatown in 2018. What began as a gift of 194 acres 57 years ago, Teatown has more than quintupled in size, preserving this diverse and ecologically rich habitat for generations to come.

Surrounded by the nearby villages of Croton-on-Hudson, Yorktown, Chappaqua and Ossining, the area offers extensive shopping and restaurant options. Some of Westchester’s most notable and unique homes can be found on Teatown’s meandering lanes with whimsical names like Journey’s End Road.

Teatown is an easy drive into New York City with a nearby entrance to the Taconic State Parkway. The local Croton-Harmon Train Station is just a 10 minute drive, and has forty-eight minute express service to Grand Central Terminal.


Town Facts

  • Teatown is located in the towns of Ossining, Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle

  • Local Highways: Taconic Parkway, Route 9 and 9A

  • Area: 10 square miles

  • Distance to NYC: 35 miles


Transportation

The local Metro North Croton-Harmon Train Station is the hub of the Hudson River line. Express trains are 48 minutes to Grand Central Terminal.

PARKING

  • The largest parking lot in Westchester with 1,903 spaces. (Parking Map)

  • Village residents automatically get a parking permit.

  • Outside the village, there may be a wait-list for permits.

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

CONNECTING SERVICES

TAXIS

AIRPORT


Recreation


Shopping/Dining

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