Beekmantown, 1822

Ownership of the Upper Mills, (and land known today as Philipsburg Manor) once belonged to British sympathizer Frederick Philipse the third, who fled America after the Revolution. The families vast holdings were confiscated and eventually sold off piece by piece. The Mills were purchased by Gerard G. Beekman Jr. a prominent New York businessman. The new Beekman estate expanded 900 acres and included present day … Continue reading Beekmantown, 1822

Ronnie Levine

Artist and author Ronnie Levine has been painting Tarrytown and the surrounding Westchester area since 1997. Her work often captures the idyllic serenity and day-to-day scenes of Main Street. Along with her artwork, she has beautifully updated the 30 foot wide mural inside Main Street Sweets Ice Cream Shop located at 35 Main Street. Her work is often found in the shops and storefront windows … Continue reading Ronnie Levine

Abel T. Stewart, 1863

Shortly after The Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, the Civil War Draft riots broke out in New York City. Angry working class citizens responded to the draft with extreme violence and murderous rage. As the mob burned through the city, some took it upon themselves to push further north to Tarrytown to destroy the Provost Marshal’s house, where the Westchester draft records were … Continue reading Abel T. Stewart, 1863

A Brief History of Tarrytown, 1880

Published in 1880 to coincide with the centenary of the capture of Major André in September, 1780, this slight volume of just 24 pages, laid out a brief history of the village, focusing on the dramatic events of September 23rd. The volume came with a reproduction map ‘of Tarrytown as it was one hundred years ago’, notable for the spelling of the village as ‘Tarwe-town’, … Continue reading A Brief History of Tarrytown, 1880

The Tarrytown Widow Billboard Poster, 1898

“The Tarrytown Widow” was a popular farce, that premiered at the Bijou Theatre, Broadway, New York on May 9th, 1898. The play was written by Charles T. Dazey, and starred George W. Barnum and Madeline Bouton. Contemporary reviews hailed “The Tarrytown Widow” as a, “calamity composed of many situations familiar to the farce loving public….the wily widow and the young man of joking tendencies.” George … Continue reading The Tarrytown Widow Billboard Poster, 1898

Rip’s Retreat Roadside Attraction, c.1950s

Washington Irving deliberately kept the exact home of Rip Van Winkle a secret: his classic 1818 short story was just set somewhere in the Catskill Mountains of New York. But the widespread popularity of his tale saw many villages and towns in the area began to name check the long sleeping, hen pecked husband. Rip Van Winkle day tours, garages, diners and hiking trails soon … Continue reading Rip’s Retreat Roadside Attraction, c.1950s

J.H.Johnston Souvenir Spoons, c.1882

J.H.Johnston & Co. was a high end silversmiths and jewelry firm, located at 17, Union Square, New York. Started in 1844, the company specialized in highly decorative silverware and novelties, including a line of souvenir spoons commemorating notable New York figures. The coffee spoons included Rip Van Winkle, Peter Stuyvesant, and a rendering of the Headless Horseman based on Darley’s illustrations. The handle of the … Continue reading J.H.Johnston Souvenir Spoons, c.1882

John (Jack) Horan

The former home of John (Jack) Horan located at 142 Beekman Avenue today. Horan was the first Tarrytown resident (and some say the first New Yorker) to die in World War Two. Horan died at Pearl Harbor at the age of only 23 on December 6th, 1941. As the Japanese attacked, Horan and others thought it was shameful so few American guns were firing back, … Continue reading John (Jack) Horan