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Ardsley, NY

Incorporated: 1896
Population: 4,272
Area: 1.3 square miles

Ardsley is a small incorporated village within the Town of Greenburgh located approximately 15 miles north of Manhattan.

Points Of Interest In Ardsley

Brief History of Ardsley:

The Mohican Indians were the first inhabitants of this Village. An Indian trail stretching from the Hudson River to Long Island Sound once passed through the areas of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry, and crossed the Nepperhan River. With the need for homes for the settlers, saw mills sprang up along the Nepperhan and its name was changed to the Saw Mill River.

In 1781, Ardsley 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.

In the early 1800s, the Village was known as Saw Mill Corners, but by 1850 its name was changed to Ashford, after a large ash tree overlooking the Saw Mill River. Residents applied for a post office in 1883 but found the name Ashford was already taken.

Through his political connections, Cyrus Field, who gained fame and wealth for laying the first Atlantic cable, and who lived nearby, helped the village obtain its post office. In return, the residents gratefully renamed the village Ardsley, after Field's ancestral home in England. In 1896, the Village of Ardsley was incorporated; a school and church were erected.

The advent of the Putnam Railroad in 1883, as well as the building of highways, continued Ardsley's growth. By the 1890s, opulent estates stretched across this and the other River Villages. In 1896, the membership of the Ardsley Country Club included names like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Morgan.

Today, Ardsley is a small, yet bustling, village. It is, in fact, Westchester's third smallest municipality; only Elmsford and Buchanan have smaller populations.

The late Tom Carvel, founder of the ice cream chain, lived in Ardsley. Through a grant from the Carvel Foundation, a 2400 square-foot children's wing was added to the Ardsley Library in 1993. The library sponsors a "Fridays at Noon" series for patrons and presents art and sculpture exhibits in the community room.

Parks & Recreational Facilities

Ashford Park
Located at the corner of Ashford Avenue and McCormick Drive (at the entrance leading to the Ardsley Middle School). Park facilities: Gazebo, playground equipment, skatepark, 4 tennis courts with lights, basketball court, softball / baseball diamond, soccer fields, picnic areas, restrooms, snack bar and more.

McDowell Park
Located on Heatherdell Road. Park facilities: Four ball fields, basketball court, pavilion, snackbar and restrooms.

Pocket Parks:
Pocost Memorial Park, Bi-centennial Park, Silliman Park, Legion Park, Firefighters Park and Floyd Lichtenberg Park (library).

Thelma Zimmer-William Van Dorn Youth & Community Center
Located at 18 Center Street. Facilities: Large party room with kitchen and bathrooms. Also has pool table, ping-pong table, big screen television and more.

South County Trailway - A Spectacular Woodland Biking & Hiking Trail
Click Here For Information About the South County Trailway

V. Everit Macy Park - A 172 acre Westchester County Park
Westchester County has owned the 172 acres that make up V. Everit Macy Park since 1926.
V. Everit Macy was the county's first public welfare commissioner and later served as chairman of the county parks commission. The site was originally called Woodlands Park.

The park lies in Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington and has three distinct areas.
  1. Just off the Saw Mill River Road (Rte 9A) in Ardsley is the "active recreational" section of the park with a playground, athletic fields, a picnic pavilion and picnic areas.
  2. The Woodlands Lake portion of the park is accessible either by car, from the northbound side of the Saw Mill River Parkway, or by foot or bicycle, along the South County Trailway. This section of the park is known as the Great Hunger Memorial Park. It contains a monument dedicated to the memory of the millions who died or had to leave Ireland during the 19th century potato famine. The monument was created by Dublin native Eamonn O'Doherty and dedicated June 24, 2001. The section of the park includes the Saw Mill River and Woodlands Lake, which is used for fishing and ice skating. The South County Trailway also runs through this portion of the park.
  3. The rest of the park is undeveloped woodlands and greenspace with hiking trails.
To reserve Macy Park facilities or the picnic pavilion call 864-7075.

Rockefeller State Park Preserve - NYS Department of Parks
Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Over 1,000 acres of woodlands, meadows, wetlands and a 24-acre lake offer a wonderful retreat from the city. Come to hike, jog, fish, cross-country ski or study nature.
1. Trail Map #1 Of Rockefeller Park Preserve.
2. Trail Map #2 Of Rockefeller Park Preserve.
Fishing licenses are required and horseback riding is allowed with a permit. Kykuit, former home of the Rockefellers and one of the valley's most popular attractions, is located adjacent to the preserve.

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