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.
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.
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.