New Castle’s Beginnings – Our Founding Farms

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Mark your calendar!  A new exhibit just opened at the New Castle Historical Society on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  New Castle’s Beginnings – Our Founding Farms will trace our town’s origins from Native American lands through the farms of the nineteenth century, to the large estates and housing developments that turned New Castle into the community we know today.  A focus on several local farms and their products will be featured – Sutton Farm, Dodge Farm, Brann Farm, Taylor and Annandale Farms, and of course the Greeley Farm.  The first farms of New Castle were established on large tracts of land purchased from the Native American tribes of the Mohegan Confederation, including the Sintsincks.  Even our town’s name, Chappaqua, has Native American roots.  The area was called Shepequa, which referred to the abundant water sources that made farming possible.  Many other Native American words have been retained in the names of our streets and landmarks.  There will be interactive aspects to this exhibit plus a seminar series featuring speakers from local farms operating today.  Please join us for an opening reception to be held on Sunday, March 3rd from 3:00-5:00. The exhibit will run through the year at the New Castle Historical Society, 100 King Street, Chappaqua, New York. The hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1 – 4 PM or by appointment at 914-238-4666.  New Castle Historical Society, 100 King Street, Box 55, Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-466.