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'Out Of The Wilderness' Keeps Eastchester Anniversary Celebration Going

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EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The yearlong celebration of the 350th anniversary may be over, but you can still enjoy the history of the town and its villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe through the book "Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe & Bronxville, NY 1664-2014."

A full-color, lavishly illustrated hardcover book, traces the story of Westchester County’s second oldest town from its 1664 settlement on the site of Anne Hutchinson’s massacre through its transformation into the densely populated residential suburb of today.

The 340-page book is available for $50 at Womrath’s Bookshop in Bronxville, Cornell’s True Value Store in Eastchester, Eastchester Town Hall and Bronxville and Tuckahoe village halls. It is also available at eastchester350.org/out-of-the-wilderness-book/

Robert Riggs, Bronxville Historical Conservancy Life Time co-chair noted some of the highlights of Eastchester’s history detailed in the new book, including the following:

  • Eastchester was founded just weeks before Peter Stuyvesant surrendered New Amsterdam to the invading English fleet in September 1664.
  • The ten Puritan families who left Connecticut to settle Eastchester wrote a list of rules in 1665 to guide life in their new settlement. This Eastchester Covenant is the only known civil covenant written in New York, and it survives today at Eastchester Town Hall.
  • Construction of the Bronx River Parkway destroyed Italian-owned homes on the riverbanks in Tuckahoe and Bronxville.
  • In the 1840s Eastchester was the only Westchester town to have two commuter railroads inside its borders.

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