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Explore Tuckahoe's History At Inaugural Open House At Village Hall

Marble slab, which is an original stepping stone for local Ward residence. It's on display at Tuckahoe Village Hall. Photo Credit: Submitted
Burrough Wellcome, a pharmaceutical company that operated where the Olde Stone Mill restaurant is now. This is on exhibit at Tuckahoe Village Hall. Photo Credit: Submitted

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – The Tuckahoe History Committee is having its Inaugural Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, at Tuckahoe Village Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Eastchester and its villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville celebrated 350 years of history in 2014.

There were many events and exhibits around town. One exhibit at Concordia’s Osilas Gallery highlighted the area’s marble industry. Tuckahoe was once the Marble Capital of the world, even over Italy. When the gallery exhibit ended, many items were donated to Tuckahoe  and its History Committee. They now comprise a permanent ‘mini-marble’ museum in the lobby.

Step Inside the courtroom to view recent photos of the many buildings constructed of Tuckahoe marble, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Wall maps highlight the quarries during their heyday and another highlights their locations today. A newly-produced slide presentation uses an urban renewal map from the 1960s and original photos from the Eastchester Historical Society and other local sources to compare the main part of town now and then. The photos show 19th century storefronts and row houses, many trimmed in marble, before they were displaced for urban renewal.

Stop by the village hall lobby any Wednesday morning when the group is cataloging and collecting all that residents continue to drop off. Schools and organizations are encouraged to make an appointment for group tours anytime.

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