Glimpses of New Castle’s Past: Pictures by Local Artists

A wide range of subjects and styles are on view in this exhibition of pictures by twentieth-century artists portraying landmarks and other scenes in our community. These works come from the NCHS’ own extensive collection and include several on loan from the Chappaqua Library.

Two artists are featured in particular. James Renwick Thomson was an architect who designed what is now the Robert E. Bell School and many local homes. He was also a talented artist whose mastery of the transparent watercolor technique gave his works an atmosphere of airy spaciousness. W. Stuart Archibald, by contrast, used more opaque colors to create a painterly series of building portraits.

Favorite subjects of several artists include the former Sutton Farm, the Quaker Meetinghouse, and the Memorial Day parade. Louis Raymond captured the spirit of local events such as the first Community Day and the Garden Club flower show. One of the most dramatic works is an aerial view of Chappaqua Village in winter by illustrator Kenneth Fagg.

Enjoy this display of New Castle scenes by New Castle artists and combine your visit with a tour of the historic summer home of New Castle’s most celebrated citizen, Horace Greeley.

The New Castle Historical Society, 100 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 10514, 914.238.4666

About New Castle Historical Society

The New Castle Historical Society was chartered to discover, preserve and communicate knowledge of the history of the Town of New Castle. The Horace Greeley House, the Greeley family’s country home from 1864-1872, is the headquarters for the Society’s programs, exhibits, and extensive research resources. The Museum Archives include books, photographs, costumes, maps, local diaries, and merchants’ records. Special collections include information about the Quakers. The Horace Greeley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It provides a handsome example of 19th-century architecture as well as having historic significance as the former home of one of the town’s most celebrated residents. The house is situated on a hillside close to the center of town, where it has been a well-loved landmark for nearly 150 years. The New Castle Historical Society, chartered as a non-profit organization by New York State in 1966, actively pursues its mission to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the Town of New Castle. Over 150 working volunteers, serving under the leadership of the Board of Trustees and an executive director, staff the Society’s programs. The NCHS maintains a particularly active partnership with local schools and provides programs and research opportunities for other groups and individuals of all ages. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 1-4 p.m. for public tours. Appointments may be made for other times and for group tours by calling the Museum at (914) 238-4666. The Museum Gift Shop will be open during posted hours. The Horace Greeley House is handicapped-accessible. The Museum grounds also include gardens with period plantings. 100 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 10514