Explore the fascinating history of five special sites across Westchester County in the series Explore Westchester County’s Revolutionary War Sites. Each video below is short, with end notes to learn more.
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Verplanck’s Point was a key crossing during the Revolutionary War and the site of American and French encampments. The combined forces of Washington and Rochambeau crossed here on the march to defeat the British at Yorktown, Virginia.
Philipse Manor Hall
Philipse Manor was the home of the Loyalist Philipse family, who were granted 52,000 acres along the Hudson River by the British Crown. It was here that British General Sir Henry Clinton wrote what is known as the Philipsburg Proclamation, which declared that all enslaved persons of Patriots—but not those of Loyalists—were freed.
Located in Tarrytown, this park has a statue honoring the three patriots who captured British Major John André, in a pivotal event of the war. Alone and on horseback, André was attempting to get back to British-occupied New York City. Hidden in his boots were plans for the fortifications at West Point, given to André by the traitorous American General, Benedict Arnold.
The Burning of Bedford
The village of Bedford lay between the British and American lines and was, like much of Westchester, a disputed and dangerous territory. However, on July 11, 1779, the entire village, with the exception of one house, was burned by 400 horsemen under the command of Lt. Col. Samuel Birch. Today, all that stands around the original village green was built in the years after the Revolution.
Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters
One of the most important decisions in American military history was made in this house in Greenburgh in 1781 when it was serving as the headquarters for French General Comte de Rochambeau. At a meeting with General George Washington, the two men made the crucial decision to march their combined armies to Yorktown, Virginia.
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