Tarrytown is the liveliest of Westchester County’s Hudson River towns
For centuries, the village has been a hub of activity. It was a rural port, and home to factories and mills that made shoes, silk, flour, cider, cars—even wings for torpedo bombers. Today, General Motors, Kraft Foods, and Hitachi still have offices in town and the buzzing commercial heart of Main Street and Broadway continue to draw restaurateurs and shop-owners. And the steady stream of business has lead to a steady surge of buyers from New York City and a boom of new housing construction.
City vibes mixed with small-town charm. The village is just a few square miles, so it’s entirely possible to walk from your front door to the train, a coffee shop, a park, or a store. (And if you want to spend a Saturday night bar-hopping, you can.) You’ll find thriving family-run bodegas as well as a 7-Eleven—as well as enjoy undeniably delightful local traditions, like the Rotary Club’s annual Rubber Ducky Derby.
Outdoorsy adventures, cultural delights. Spend your days ambling along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail or biking, hiking, kayaking – even cross-country skiing or ice skating – at Tarrytown Lakes, a 72-acre nature preserve. Stone Barns Center, a nonprofit farm and mecca for locavores from across the state sits just a few miles northeast. At night, catch a concert, ballet, or spoken word event at the famous Tarrytown Music Hall or sunset jazz on the lawn of Lyndhurst, a grand 1938 Gothic Revival mansion.
The local lore. Washington Irving—whose home, Sunnyside, is nestled in the southeast corner of the village—references Tarrytown in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He says housewives from the county next door gave the village its name because their husbands were constantly lingering at the village tavern. Another famous Tarrytown tale involves the capture of a British Revolutionary War spy by three militiamen—the site of which is marked by a towering monument in Patriot’s Park.
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