Category: White Plains History

White Plains and the American Revolution; Revolutionary War Remembrances

Entry is updated version of the sections on “American Revolution,” “Battle of White Plains,” “Merritt and Miller Hills” and “War Remembrances” from the book White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: AMERICAN REVOLUTION When the American Continental Congress in Philadelphia declared independence on… Continue Reading “White Plains and the American Revolution; Revolutionary War Remembrances”

Westchester County Seat and Government

Entry is updated section on “County Seat” of White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: COUNTY SEAT:  On Feb 4, 1758, Westchester’s court house was destroyed by fire.  It was in the former Town of Westchester (West Chester) in what is now the Bronx. White… Continue Reading “Westchester County Seat and Government”

Waterways in White Plains

Entry is an updated version of the section on “Waterways” in the book: White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: Entry is an updated version of the section on “Waterways” from the book: White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts: WATERWAYS: Many… Continue Reading “Waterways in White Plains”

Sports in White Plains: Past and Present

Keeping active, has always been the way White Plains (WP) rolled. Fishing, hunting and horse back riding were once necessities for bringing food to the table and to get around but as the community changed from an agricultural based economy, these activities became more… Continue Reading “Sports in White Plains: Past and Present”

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

Two Markers placed in 2012 for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail can be found in Tibbits Park. Its near Main St outside fountain.

What’s in a name? In Neighboring Hartsdale

Hartsdale, NY shares not only a border with White Plains (WP) but its history. White Plains has a street named Hartsdale Ave located in Highlands neighborhood. Hartsdale during Colonial Days was part of Philipsburg Manor owned by the Frederick Philipse family and his descendants.… Continue Reading “What’s in a name? In Neighboring Hartsdale”

Transportation in White Plains

How did people get around White Plains before & during colonial days? How did new modes of transport transform WP from a “sleepy” small village into a modern city? Horses: Remember, that modern day horses did not come to America till Europeans brought them… Continue Reading “Transportation in White Plains”

How Well Do You Know White Plains?

Not until I joined Facebook did I find out how many people reminiscence about old White Plains (WP). Many were former residents who remember the City before Urban Renewal (1966-1980) when much of the Business District (BD) demolished for revitalization. Just a start for… Continue Reading “How Well Do You Know White Plains?”

White Plains Revitalization; Its Vanishing Past

In February 2019, one of White Plains’ older homes was demolished. Former Rocco Briante house was built around 1913. Rocco Briante was a builder of homes and other structures. House at 40 Chatterton Parkway had become a “zombie” property. Neglect obviously caused severe deterioration… Continue Reading “White Plains Revitalization; Its Vanishing Past”

Book, White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts

The book White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts by Sandra Harrison was published in 2013. This website contains updated versions of the book broken into separate entries. In addition, other things about White Plains are included on the website but not in the book. A full preview of the… Continue Reading “Book, White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts”

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