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New Castle Town

New Castle Town Hall is located at 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua NY 10514; phone: 914-238-4771.

Beginnings [1]

New Castle was taken of from North Castle and set off as a separate township in March of 1791.

Located 10 miles north of White Plains and 120 miles south of Albany, the lands that are now New Castle were called Shappequa by the local Indians. The name is probably a corruption of the Algonquin word "Chapacour," which signifies "a vegetable root." The chief proprietor of these lands in 1696 was the Indian sachem Wampus, whose principal residence is said to have been situated near the pod of that name, in the southwestern part of town.

John Richbell of Mamaroneck purchased a large grant (which included the entire township of New Castle) from the Indians in 1660.

Other early landholders included Colonel Caleb Heathcote, James Hutchins, Caleb Fowler, Caleb Green, John Halleck, and Thomas Weaver, among others.

  1. Robert Bolton, Jr., A History of the County of Westchester from its First Settlement to the Present Time, Volume I, Alexander S. Gould, printer, New York, 1848.
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