New Castle Trivia, 3-22-19

  • What was Gabrielle Greeley Clendenin’s nickname in Chappaqua?
Gabrielle Greeley in her wedding gown, 1891.

Answer: “Lady Bountiful”

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

  • What were the names of Horace Greeley’s two daughters?

Answer: Ida and Gabrielle

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

New Castle Trivia, 3-8-19

  • Question: What company established its national headquarters in Chappaqua in 1938?

Answer: Reader’s Digest

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

New Castle Trivia, 3-1-19

  • Question: How many New Castle men enlisted in the United States Army during World War I?

Answer: Seventy-nine

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

New Castle Trivia, 2-22-19

Question: By the late 1800s, New Castle’s agriculture became less profitable, and more and more local farm owners became inclined to sell and move out. There were also potential buyers—affluent New York City businessmen seeking to acquire country estates. These homeowners, who often located their mansions on high ground with long vistas, were familiarly given this nickname.

Answer: Hilltoppers


Historic Photo: Around 1898, NYC banker George MacKay bought a large farm near the crest of the hill on Whippoorwill Road, where it crosses from New Castle into North Castle. It was the original homestead of the Quinbys, who were among the town’s original Quaker settlers. McKay transformed the farmhouse into a rambling, shingle-style summer home for himself, his wife, and their four sons and two daughters. He also built or adapted many of the other buildings on the property to create After Glow Farm, a complex that was at once a gentleman’s estate and a working farm.


Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.


New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

New Castle Trivia, 2-15-19

  • Question: In what year did the railroad finally come to Chappaqua? And then to Millwood?
Chappaqua Friends Meeting Conference (1894) —
1870 Chappaqua Passenger Station in the background.
Approach to Millwood Railroad Station
Railroad crossing in Chappaqua, early 1900s.
The new Chappaqua Railroad Station, dedicated in 1902.

Answer: 1846, 1881

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

Your Membership Dues at Work: Spotlight on Conservation Projects at the NCHS

To Protect, Preserve, and Make Publicly Accessible

Your support of the New Castle Historical Society is crucial for us to continue our work of preserving New Castle’s history for future generations.

Your membership gift enables us to take on preservation projects, such as the conservation of a rare American Sampler, created by New Castle resident Abigail Underhill in 1800.

Before Conservation
After Conservation

The above sampler is considered rare due to its excellent condition and age. The NCHS was able to conserve the sampler through generous funding from our members and grant funding from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network Conservation Treatment Program.

The maker, Abigail Underhill, created the sampler while she attended the Nine Partners Boarding School in 1800. The school, located in Dutchess County, opened in 1796 to serve Quaker families in the area, and was New York’s first co-educational boarding and day schoolThe Textile Conservation Workshop, located in South Salem, New York, completed the delicate conservation of this exquisite piece.

In addition to conserving and housing Abigail Underhill’s sampler, we currently preserve over 3,500 local artifacts and objects related to New Castle’s history for the public trust. Due to your support, we are able:

  • to provide environmentally controlled conditions for these artifacts in our headquarters, the Horace Greeley House, a preserved local historic landmark,
  • to work with a trained archivist to organize, catalog, and assess these objects four times per month,
  • and to make these objects available for public research and viewing.

Not only do we utilize these historic artifacts for research, but we also share them with our visitors by displaying them in rotating exhibitions and education programs.

Due to your generosity, and funding through several grant programs, we’ve been fortunate to conserve dozens of books, ledgers, and paintings over the past decade alone. In addition to the conservation of these smaller historic objects, the historical society also manages a member-funded program to preserve and conserve all of New Castle’s local family graveyards.

In the next two years, the historical society plans to conserve Horace Greeley’s umbrella, several historic letters, and a memorial book presented to the Greeley Family by the Common Council of the City of New York upon Horace Greeley’s death in 1872. In addition to these conservation projects, we plan to begin the process of digitizing our 1,000+ historic photograph collection—with the ultimate goal of making these available to the public through an online database.

Your participation in our membership program makes it possible for us to protect, preserve, and make publicly accessible these historic treasures. We are halfway through our Museum Membership Month—having raised $4,800 of our $30,000 goal. This is a great start, but we still have a long way to go! You may join or renew here: https://www.newcastlehs.org/join-support/membership/

We hope you will consider joining or renewing your membership in the historical society today—as we advance our pursuit of preserving local historical treasures, large and small.

Thank you,

Cassie

Cassie Ward, NCHS Executive Director

New Castle Trivia, 2-8-19

  • Question: Which district principal, who held that position in the 1950s, had an elementary school named after him?

Answer: Douglas G. Grafflin

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

New Castle Trivia 2-1-19

  • Question: New Castle was originally a part of which town? When did New Castle formally become its own town?

Answer: North Castle, 1791

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

New Castle Trivia 1-25-19

New Castle Trivia

Question: Throughout the 1800s, New Castle operated how many common/rural school districts? Each common district consisted of a single one or two room schoolhouse. The districts remained largely the same for 100 years.

Answer: 8

Learn more by viewing the NCHS’s Chappaqua Schools exhibition: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1703887033003085&type=1&l=8de4cbfa44

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

New Castle Trivia 1-18-19

New Castle Trivia

Question: After the Battle of White Plains, our local Chappaqua Meetinghouse served briefly as a what?

Answer: A field hospital to help wounded soldiers.

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.