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by Erin Rosen
Horace Greeley High School Senior Experience Student
New Castle Historical Society Intern
Did you know that you can see an oak tree that was standing when most of downtown Chappaqua was Horace Greeley’s farm? Or view a concrete barn that Greeley designed in the 1850s? How about looking off the edge of a ravine that was once spanned by bridges?
Chappaqua has more hidden secrets than one might imagine. The New Castle Historical Society has recently updated a walking tour that transports you to the days of Horace Greeley!
“Walking Horace Greeley’s Farm” takes you through the 78 acres of downtown Chappaqua that once were Greeley’s farm. Come walk with us and learn about the legacy that his family had on Chappaqua. Now with both online and physical versions, you can always have history at your fingertips!
While on the tour, you’ll look at historic photos while comparing them to the views you see today. Notice what our hometown looked like in the 1800s and 1900s, and see how much has changed! The tour starts at the Horace Greeley House and then heads south through the Greeley Woods, and finishes back at the Greeley House. Comfortable walking shoes (there are some moderate hills and pebbly paths) are suggested.
The walk takes about 50 minutes. Check out the new online version of the tour at newcastlehs.org/walkinghoracegreeleysfarm, stop by the Historical Society to pick up a self-guided tour map, or call the Society to schedule a guided tour today (914-238-4666).