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With New York City and Long Island Sound to the south, Putnam County on the north and Connecticut to the east, Westchester County holds the distinction of being the world’s first large-scale suburb. Major interstate highways constructed during the 1950s and ‘60s and the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge encouraged major corporations to build their headquarters here. A sweet spot for commuters traveling by car or by the Metro-North Commuter Railroad, today’s Westchester is one of the nation’s most affluent counties and the location of many of New York City's most desirable suburban communities.
Chappaqua and Millwood, NY, are hamlets near the center of Westchester county in the town of New Castle, just 31 miles from Midtown Manhattan and nine miles to the north of White Plains. The town’s zip codes overlap with those of the towns of Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, Yorktown, and Bedford.
Known for its quiet neighborhoods and excellent public school system, Chappaqua is one of the nation’s most affluent and attractive suburbs. In 2008 Chappaqua was listed as fifth in CNN Money’s tally of the “25 top-earning towns.” The historic village retains a peaceful New England feel, underscored by rolling hills and historic homes and barns, some dating as far back as the Revolutionary War.
The town of New Castle offers a wealth of public parks, protected wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries with hiking trails, well-maintained playing fields, courts and other facilities for tennis, soccer and skating, as well as jogging and biking on the North County Bike Trailway. In addition, there are several private swim and tennis clubs and public and private golf courses.
One of the town’s most famous residents was Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, which he started in 1841 when he was only 30. This free-thinker and politician came to Chappaqua with his wife, seeking the quiet and peaceful life of a country farmer, buying 78 acres of land just east of the railroad. Greeley's house—now home to the historical society—still stands on King Street, just east of the train station and South Greeley Avenue.
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