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Eastchester
New York,10707 & 10709

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The city is serviced by the Metro-North and Amtrak railroads and Westchester County's Bee-Line bus service. Click here for a Link to Metro-North's website.

Local highways include I-95, the Hutchinson River Parkway "a.k.a. the Hutch", and I-287 is not far away.

About Eastchester:

The town that is now called Eastchester began settlement in 1664 when ten families migrated from Fairfield, Connecticut. Thomas Pell, who at that time also owned the territory that is now New Rochelle and Pelham granted a deed to the group to "settle down at Hutchinsons'", where the home of Anne Hutchinson had stood some twenty years before. The ten original families were shortly joined by another twenty-six.

Laws for the region were established the following year, in 1665, under an agreement called the "Eastchester Covenant". The covenant was a rare document for this period. It contained 26 provisions such items as: education of children, disposition and upkeep of property, support of a minister, etc.

Confirmation of their 1664 patent was granted by Governor Richard Nicolls in 1666 after the occupation of the area by the English. A controversy arose in 1700 when the settlers signed a deed with the Indians. The tract of land involved was known as "Long Reach" because of its odd geographical makeup. The sites included are the present Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and a section of northwest Mt. Vernon. The dispute over the ownership of the land involved the towns of New Rochelle, Westchester and the Pell Family. When a decision was reached in favor of Eastchester, England's Queen Anne granted a second patent in the year 1708.

Eastchester was a farming community at the outbreak of the Revolution. Although no major battles were fought here, as the heart of the Neutral Ground it saw sporadic fighting for over 13 years between "cowboys and skinners" as the guerillas of the different sides were called. When not fighting each other they robbed and harassed the civil population.

Eastchester's rural makeup began to change with the coming of the railroad in the 1840s. Three hundred-seventy acres of land were incorporated at the village of Mt. Vernon in 1853 by a group of New York businessmen; the village of Bronxville was incorporated in 1898; and the village of Tuckahoe in 1903. Today, Eastchester is bound by Scarsdale on the north, New Rochelle on the east, Yonkers on the west, and Mt. Vernon on the south, The town covers approximately five square miles (13 km²), including Bronxville and Tuckahoe.

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