Westchester’s Top Cultural Attractions & Historical Sites

A sampling of the County’s must-visit places.



Historic Sites & Memorials

Bedford Historical Society Museum
Bedford, 914-234‑9751
bedfordhistoricalsociety.org
Complex of 18th‑ and 19th‑century buildings.

Bush Homestead
Port Chester
portchesterny.com/Pages/PortchesterNY_Webdocs/bushhomestead
Gen. Putnam’s Revolutionary War headquarters.

Cudner‑Hyatt House
Scarsdale, 914‑723‑1744
1734 house, 1828 Quaker Meeting House.

Ever Rest
Hastings-on-Hudson,
914-478-7990
newingtoncropsey.com
1830s-era home of painter Jasper Cropsey.

Hastings Historical Society
Hastings-on-Hudson,
914-478-2249
hastingshistorical.org
Archives, artifacts, and photos of riverside village.

Historical Society, Inc.
of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow
Tarrytown, 914-631-8374
thehistoricalsociety.net
Rotating exhibits in Victorian house.

Horace Greeley House
Chappaqua, 914‑238‑4666
newcastlehs.org
Victorian home of 19th-century newspaper editor.
 
The Irvington History Center at the McVickar House
Irvington, 914-591-1020
irvingtonhistoricalsociety.org
Rotating exhibits in 1853 house.

Jacob Purdy House
White Plains, 914-328-1776
whiteplainshistory.org
Washington’s base during Battle of White Plains.

Jay Heritage Center
Rye, 914‑698‑9275
jaycenter.org/Home.html
1838 Greek Revival house, 1907 carriage house.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Katonah, 914‑232‑5651
johnjayhomestead.org
60‑room Federal‑style mansion, extensive grounds.

Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate
Sleepy Hollow, 914-631-8200
hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/kykuit
Summer home of the Rockefellers.

Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow, 914‑366‑5109
1883 beacon warned of Hudson River shoals.

Lyndhurst
Tarrytown, 914‑631‑4481
lyndhurst.org
1838 Gothic Revival mansion home of railroad magnate Jay Gould.

Marble School/Eastchester Historical Society
Eastchester, 914-793-1900
ehs1835.org
One-room schoolhouse from 1835.

North Castle Historical Society Education Complex
Armonk, 914-273-4510
northcastleny.com
Period antiques and furnishings in Historic Smith’s Tavern and other structures.

Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground
Sleepy Hollow, 914‑631‑1123
odcfriends.org
17th‑century church and graveyard.

Philipsburg Manor
Sleepy Hollow, 914-631-8200 (914‑631-3992, weekends)
hudsonvalley.org/node/424
1720 stone manor and milling, farming and trading complex.

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Yonkers, 914‑965‑4027
philipsemanorhall.blogspot.com
Georgian mansion home of colonist Frederick Philipse III.

The Rising
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
parks.westchestergov.com/kensico-dam-plaza/the-rising
Memorial for Sept. 11, 2001.

Sherwood House
Yonkers, 914‑961‑8940
yonkershistory.org
Mid‑18th-century tenant farmhouse housed physician practice.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow, 914‑631‑0081
sleepyhollowcemetery.org
Graves of Washington Irving, industrialists, and Revolutionary War soldiers.

Smith’s Tavern
Armonk, 914‑273‑4510
1797 tavern was headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

Sparta Cemetery
Ossining
ossininghistorical.org
Grave site for early settlers and veterans from Revolutionary War to WWII.

Square House Museum
Rye, 914‑967‑7588
ryehistory.org
1730 former inn housed Gens. Washington and Lafayette.

St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Mount Vernon, 914‑667‑4116
nps.gov/sapa/index.htm
Restored Georgian vernacular church was Revolutionary War hospital.

Stepping Stones
Katonah, 914‑232‑4822
steppingstones.org
Historic home of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson.

Sunnyside
Irvington, 914-631-8200 (914‑591‑8763, weekends)
hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/washington-irvings-sunnyside
Washington Irving’s picturesque cottage and grounds.

Thomas Paine Cottage
New Rochelle, 914‑633‑1776
thomaspainecottage.org
18th- and 19th-century life, 1836 one‑room schoolhouse.

Union Church of Pocantico Hills
Pocantico Hills, 914‑631‑8200 (914-332-6659, weekends)
hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/union-church-pocantico-hills
10 stained glass windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.

Van Cortlandt Manor
Croton‑on‑Hudson, 914-631-8200 (914-271-8981, weekends)
hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/van-cortlandt-manor
18th‑century manor with Georgian and Federal furnishings.

Cultural &Performing Arts Centers

Aaron Copland House
Cortlandt Manor, 914-788-4659
coplandhouse.org
Former home of famous composer, now a creative center for American music.

Arc Stages
Pleasantville, 914-747-6206
arcstages.org
Theater arts center.

The Arts Exchange
White Plains, 914-428-4220
artswestchester.org
Historic landmark featuring visual and performing arts.

Axial Theatre
Pleasantville, 914-962-8828
axialtheatre.org
Theater, new plays.

Bendheim Performing Arts Center
Scarsdale, 914‑472‑3300 ext. 403
jccmw.org/bendheim/theatrerental.htm
Wheelchair‑accessible theater.

The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, 914‑934‑9362
thecapitoltheatre.com
National Historic Landmark.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Katonah, 914‑232‑5035
caramoor.org
Lavish Mediterranean mansion now a museum and events venue.

Emelin Theatre
Mamaroneck, 914‑698‑0098
emelin.org
280‑seat theater.

The Jacob Burns Film Center
Pleasantville, 914‑747‑5555
burnsfilmcenter.org
Restored circa‑1925 Spanish Mission‑style movie theater.

Irvington Town Hall Theater
Irvington, 914‑591‑6602
irvingtontheater.com
Classical Revival-style theater.

Music Conservatory of Westchester
White Plains, 914-761-3900
musicconservatory.org
School, individual lessons.

Paramount Center for the Arts
Peekskill, 914-739-2333
paramounthudsonvalley.com
Arts and entertainment in a 1,000-seat palace from 1930s.

Pelham Picture House
Pelham, 914-738-7337
thepicturehouse.org
Classic restored 1921 theatre.

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
Purchase, 914‑251‑6200
artscenter.org
Regional performing arts center.

Rye Arts Center
Rye, 914‑967‑0700
ryeartscenter.org
Exhibits, theatrical and musical performances, classes.

The Schoolhouse Theater
Croton Falls, 914‑277‑8477
schoolhousetheater.org
Professional theater presents works in transformed schoolhouse.

Tarrytown Music Hall
Tarrytown, 914‑631‑3390
tarrytownmusichall.org
1885 National Landmark building.

Westchester Broadway Theater
Elmsford, 914‑592‑2222
broadwaytheatre.com
Broadway‑caliber productions with dinner.

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, 914‑606‑6600
sunywcc.edu
Music, dance, theatrical events, lectures, film.

The Westchester County Center
White Plains, 914‑995‑4050
countycenter.biz
Historic venue hosts concerts, trade shows.

Westchester Philharmonic
Purchase, 914-682-3707
westchesterphil.org
Professional symphony orchestra.

White Plains Performing Arts Center
White Plains, 914‑328‑1600
wppac.com
417‑seat theater.

Woodward Hall Theatre at Pace University/Hudson Stage
Briarcliff Manor, 914‑271‑2811
hudsonstage.com
Professional theatrical company.

Yorktown Stage
Yorktown Heights, 914‑962‑0606
yorktownstage.org
550‑seat theater.

Museums & Galleries

Arctic Artistry
Chappaqua, 914‑238‑4123
arcticartistry.com
Items by Inuit, Southwest‑ and Northwest‑Coastal native artists.

Art Barn
Ossining, 914‑762‑4997
theartbarn.net
Hudson River art, modern works, limited editions.

Canfin Gallery
Tarrytown, 914‑332‑4554
canfingallery.com
Contemporary works.

Castle Gallery
College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, 914‑654‑5423
castlegallery.cnr.edu
Fine and decorative arts in Victorian castle.

Croton’s History Museum
Croton-on-Hudson, 914-271-4574
Local documents, images, and artifacts.

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden
PepsiCo World Headquarters,
Purchase, 914‑253‑2001
(Temporarily closed for renovation.)

Flat Iron Gallery
Peekskill, 914-734-1894
flatiron.qpg.com
Works from artists all over the U.S.

Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
North Salem, 914‑669‑5033
hammondmuseum.org
Museum, Japanese stroll garden.

Hudson River Museum
Yonkers, 914‑963‑4550
hrm.org
Restored Gothic Victorian house, Andrus Planetarium, and Glenview Mansion.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Peekskill, 914‑788‑0100
hvcca.org
12,000‑square‑foot gallery.

Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, 914‑232‑9555
katonahmuseum.org
Visual arts exhibits, sculpture garden.

Lift Trucks Project
Croton Falls, 914-602-4681
Project space and artist studio.

Maryknoll Mission Center and Museum
Ossining, 914-941-7636
museumoflivingmission.org
Interactive exhibits about Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College
Purchase, 914‑251‑6100
neuberger.org
Contemporary and African art.

Newington‑Cropsey Foundation
Hastings‑on‑Hudson, 914‑478‑7990
newingtoncropsey.com
Works of Hudson River artist Jasper Cropsey, contemporary painters.

Ossining Historical Society Museum
Ossining, 914‑941‑0001
ossininghistorical.org
Exhibits in circa‑1872 Austin House.

Ossining Urban Cultural Park Museum
Ossining, 914‑941‑3189
History of Sing Sing Prison, 1843 40-mile aqueduct.

Peekskill Museum
Peekskill, 914‑736‑0473
peekskillmuseum.org
Exhibits, Revolutionary War artifacts, Victorian clothing and furnishings.

Pelham Art Center
Pelham, 914‑738‑2525
pelhamartcenter.org
Art classes for adults and children, gallery.

Pound Ridge Museum
Pound Ridge, 914‑764‑4333
prhsmuseum.org
1853 “Lecture Room” houses exhibits, genealogy research material.

Somers Museum of the Early American Circus
Somers, 914‑277‑4977
somershistoricalsoc.org/
museum.html
Exhibits in Elephant Hotel.

The Studio
Armonk, 914-273-1452
thestudiony-alternative.org
Contemporary art gallery and outdoor sculpture garden.

Trailside Nature Museum
Cross River, 914‑864‑7322
parks.westchestergov.com/trailside-nature-museum
Exhibits on natural history and American Indians.

Westchester Children’s Museum
Rye, 914‑421‑5050
discoverwcm.org
(Opening in 2015.)

Westchester Veterans Memorial and Museum
Somers, 914‑682‑4949
parks.westchestergov.com/veterans-memorial
Photographs, paintings, and artifacts represent military conflicts.

Yorktown Museum
Yorktown Heights, 914‑962‑2970
yorktownmuseum.org
Exhibits, rooms furnished in 18th‑century style.

Tourism Information
Westchester County Tourism & Film
visitwestchesterny.com