Pound Ridge, New York
Once inhabited by the various Native Americans known as the Wappinger Confederacy. A dispute over taxation, land sales, and hunting rights led to the Pound Ridge Massacre in March of 1644 by a force of 130 soldiers and members of the Dutch West India Company. Between 500 and 700 Native Americans were killed, the single largest massacre on record. It led to the Wappinger Confederacy’s suing for peace at Stamford later that year. European settlers, mostly from the settlement at Stamford, then occupied Pound Ridge. The borders of Pound Ridge were much in dispute over the next 150 years and the area saw much action during the Revolutionary War.
In 1782 Pound Ridge was incorporated officially with a population of slightly over 700. Growth was slow in this rural agricultural community with the 1860 census showing the number had only doubled. A major industry of making shoes began to supplement the agrarian economy.
Today Pound Ridge is an affluent village in Westchester County, New York, near the Connecticut border and not far from Stamford. The population, as of the 2010 census was 5,104. The business district is considered Scotts Corners where markets, antique shops, the local firehouse, and post office are located. Of particular note is the rich architectural diversity Pound Ridge offers. From historic homes to extraordinary Mid-Century Modern and stunning Contemporary buildings set within wooded parcels of spectacular beauty. Pound Ridge is a haven for those who love great architecture.
Primary and secondary schools:
Pound Ridge children are served by the Pound Ridge Elementary Schools (K-5) and then the Fox Lane Campus for middle and high school, part of the Bedford Central School District. ,
Pound Ridge Newsletter:
For more information of Pound Ridge have a look at the newsletter their Historical Society puts out. Go to Newsletter
• Total 23.44 sq mi (60.70 km2)
• Land 22.64 sq mi (58.63 km2)
• Water 0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
• Total 5,104 (estimated in 2016 5,233)
• Density 231.19/sq mi (89.26/km2)
Find out more by visiting Irvington’s official website at: townofpoundridge.com
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