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Hudson Valley

The Town of Ardsley is located in the municipality of Ardsley in the southwestern part of Westchester County, NY.

History of Ardsley
The Village of Ardsley was originally inhabited by the Weckquaesgeek Indians, a branch of the Mohican tribe of the Algonquin nation. By the late 1600's, the land became part of the vast Philipse Manor. During the Revolution, Philipse remained loyal to the King and was forced to flee. His land was confiscated by the State and sold mostly to former tenants who had supported the patriot cause. The Village, then called Ashford, grew slowly.

There was a sawmill and gristmill on the Sawmill River, a blacksmith shop, and by the time of the Civil War, three pickle factories. In the early 1880's the Putnam Railroad was built, and the New Croton Aqueduct was constructed. A "boom" followed. Many lots were sold and developed, electric lights were installed and roads were improved. In 1883, since there already was an Ashford Post Office in the state, the Village name was changed to Ardsley. On March 2, 1883 the first Postmaster was appointed. The Village was incorporated in 1896. By 1898 the population had grown to 372.

Point of Interest: In 1781, Ardsley Village was the campsite for both General Washington and Count de Rochambeau, the commander of the French Army who helped the colonists in the American Revolution.

About Ardsley
For information about activities, attractions, things to do and places to go, in or near Ardsley, visit local and state parks in Ardsley. Play golf at some of the country's best golf courses in Westchester. The Ardsley Country Club is located in Ardsley-on-Hudson, in the Hudson River Valley, overlooking the Hudson River. From New York City, it is a quick commute 20 miles up the Saw Mill River Parkway to the rolling hills that surround the club.Visit the antique shops. Select from a wide range of outdoor activities in Westchester County. Go hiking in Ardsley, biking in Ardsley, or take the kids on a picnic in Ardsley at one of the many beautiful parks in the area. Plan a visit to the Great Hunger Memorial at V.E. Macy Park in Ardsley. Children and adults of all ages will be moved by this important memorial.

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