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New Castle Historical Society &
the Horace Greeley House

At the Society's headquarters are the Horace Greeley Room and The Quaker Exhibit. The Horace Greeley Room includes a carefully selected collection of Greeley artifacts including the desk at which he wrote his anti-slavery articles at the New York Tribune, and various family items.

The Quaker Exhibit uses seventeen picture and text panels to tell the story of the founding of Chappaqua by the Quakers. A video of the exhibition was produced by Kuhnhardt Productions with a grant from the Westchester Arts Council

Two large permanent exhibits offer a view of the two areas of Chappaqua listed in the National Register of Historic Places: the Old Quaker Village and the Greeley Tract.

A Children's Annex offers hands-on exhibits of old tools and kitchen items as well as a history trunk. A small perennial and herb garden features unusual species indigenous to the area and plants once used for medicinal purposes.

The Society's information and artifacts stretch back to colonial times. They include 18th, 19th and 20th century maps, 19th century newspapers, and an extensive photographic collection. Among these are: a flat archive case containing original copies of the Tribune and other 19th century publications and papers; working storage files of local historical material including principal old New Castle families; oral histories, on tape or transcribed; and videotaped programs on town government, old estates, and old graveyards in New Castle.

Source data including residents' diaries, schoolbooks and papers, store account books and also histories relevant to New Castle and Westchester County as well as a large collection of Greeley biographies and books are also found at the Society headquarters.

School Outreach The Society's Education Committee has an on-going program to help schools use local historical material. For second graders, there is a program teaching traditional early American crafts. Fourth graders use 19th century newspapers and cartoons to discuss the Greeley-Grant Presidential campaign. They have also taken a Revolutionary Bus Tour, which includes a stop at the Quaker Meeting House, and an opportunity to make grave rubbings.

Visiting the New Castle Historical Society

Tuesday - Thursday 1 to 4p.m.; Saturday 1 to 4p.m. Month of August: the museum is closed on Saturdays during the month of August.

Specifics on visiting the New Castle Historical Society & the Horace Greeley House were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
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