2013 Exhibit Opening Reception New Castle’s Beginnings – Our Founding Farms

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The new exhibit  traces our town’s origins from Native American lands through the farms of the nineteenth century, to the 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, Dodges Farm, Brann Farm, Taylor and Annadale 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 trible of the Mohegan Confederation, inclusing the Sintsincks.  Even our hamlet’s name, Chappaqa, 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.

A public opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 3rd from 3:00-5:00 pm.

The exhibit will run through the year at the Greeley House, 100 King St, Chappaqua NY.  The hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm or by appointment  914 238-4666  For more information visit their web site: www.newcastlehs.org

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