The Town of Yorktown is a beautiful community in Northern Westchester County, New York, 35 miles from New York City, with forty square miles of rolling hills, farmland, residential areas and light industry. First settled in 1683, Yorktown was of strategic importance during the American Revolution, with the Pines Bridge crossing of the Croton River guarded by the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, an integrated unit which included African Americans and Indians. Yorktown was incorporated in 1788 and named in commemoration of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown, Virginia.
Only 35 miles from New York City, living in Yorktown offers a pleasant mix of commercial, residential, and recreational opportunities for it’s just over 36,000 residents. The town is made up of five business hamlets: Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Jefferson Valley, Crompond, and Yorktown Heights, and twelve distinct residential neighborhoods each with their own unique character and identity. Yorktown is also comprised of many parks and open spaces where residents enjoy activities from swimming and playing sports to hiking nature trails and picnicking with family and friends. With excellent schools, active community organizations, and dedicated civic leaders, Yorktown is a vibrant community. Please view Our Community page to learn more about Yorktown’s organizations, events, and activities.
Yorktown’s town hall was built in 1935 at the corner of Underhill Avenue and Saw Mill River Road (Route 118) during supervisor Ted Hill’s administration. The police department and the town court, once housed here, were moved at different times to other facilities. Town hall is staffed with administrative offices, including the supervisor’s office, the office of the town clerk, the finance department, the assessor’s office, the town attorney, and the building and the engineering departments. This early-1940s postcard (immediately below) shows the new building without the additional wings. The fact that the building was photographed for several cards reminds one that the town was proud to display its civic center. (Text & postcard courtesy of Postcard History Series: Yorktown available at the Yorktown Museum)