White Plains Historical Society

category: Historic Sites,

Organization Overview

The White Plains Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is "the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about history, past and present, of the City of White Plains. Particularly the preservation of historic buildings, sites, monuments, and cemeteries; and to promote public interest, awareness and to generate pride in our historic heritage". The Jacob Purdy House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is the headquarters for the Society and has been source-documented as General George Washington's Headquarters from July 23 to September 16, 1778. In addition, historians believe it to have been the General's Headquarters before the Chatterton Hill Battle of October 28, 1776. A variety of events take place at the Jacob Purdy House throughout the year including an annual Battle of White Plains Commemoration and Re-enactment, Washington's Birthday Celebration with historic speaker, and participation in the New York State "Path Through History" program with tours of the house. There are guides on hand at these events to talk about the 1776 Battle of White Plains along with offering information on what life was like in White Plains in the mid and late 18th century. Visitors will learn how local families prepared food, furnished their homes and made their own candles, brooms and household implements. In addition, the White Plains Historical Society Supports local historic preservation initiative, engages with school groups and scouts, publishes a periodic newsletter and holds a festive Annual Dinner with historic speaker.

Website: http://whiteplainshistory.org

Phone: 914-328-1776

  • info@whiteplainshistory.org


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