Hanlon As the first rumble of the Great War's cannon fire reached the New World, there had already formed a decisive bloc opposing American belligerency. It included ethnic groups, such as Irish and Eastern European immigrants who had grievances against some of the Allied powers; gatherings like the Progressives, suffragettes and prohibitionists who were more interested in pursuing their causes than waging war; and Westerners and farmers who did not feel any affiliation to Europe. These anti-interventionists were buttressed by the long American tradition of noninvolvement in the political affairs of the Old World and by President Wilson's early, insistent declaration of American neutrality.
The first white settlers were a group of enterprising young men and women who came from the English colony of Connecticut in After land purchases from the Indians, negotiated mostly by Peter Disbrow, they settled on the island of "Manussing," for which they had paid "eight cotes and seven shirts fifteen fathom of womone.
In the General Court of Connecticut merged the settlement under the name of Rye, in honor of a prominent family among the early colonists who has come from Rye, England. For nearly one hundred years, Rye was disputed territory between New York and Connecticut, until finally, inthe New York State legislature officially established the Town of Rye boundaries.
The group of settlers moved outward from Manursing Island and eventually developed Peningo Neck the present business Lusitania essay of the City of Rye and "Saw Pit" as Port Chester was commonly called then.
Saw Pit also know as Saw Pits and Saw Pit Landingwas named for the saw-mill and boat building shop near the mouth of the Byram River where the community evolved.
It was little more than a hamlet until near the Revolutionary War period. But with its good harbor and growing shipbuilding industry, the port became a natural outlet for farm produce from the surrounding countryside. During the Revolutionary War, Saw Pit was an important military outpost.
Both armies vied for possession of the port, and the village was nearly destroyed in the crossfire. When the clamor of the Revolution settled, the area was rebuilt and its shipping and shipbuilding industries prospered. Before long it had become an important steamboat stop, the eastern "port of Westchester.
On May 4,Port Chester was incorporated as a village with specified limits within the Town of Rye. The decline in agriculture and shipping came during the latter half of the 19th century, with the establishment of major railroads.
Gradually the community changed from a port and trading center to a manufacturing center. On evenings and weekends, Port Chester's downtown hummed with vitality, as residents of neighboring towns flocked to the village's stores and restaurants.
During the s, most of the factories began to move south or west. Like many other manufacturing communities in the Northeast, Port Chester struggled with a declining economic base. InLifesavers shut down its North Main Street factory after 64 years, the last major manufacturer to leave the village.
Port Chester Today Since then, Port Chester has revitalized itself with a growing retail and service economy. The restaurants in Port Chester are among the best in Westchester.
Port Chester's downtown Restaurant Row is renowned throughout the region, offering cuisine from around the world in dozens of top-rated establishments. Port Chester's prodigious industrial growth during the first half of the 20th Century attracted large numbers of European immigrants, primarily from Italy, Germany, Poland and Ireland.
Similarly, newcomers from Central and South America and the Caribbean have helped to fuel the village's recent revival. Latino-owned stores and restaurants have helped bring customers of all ethnic groups back to Main Street and Westchester Avenue.
History And Antiquities The following covers "History and Antiquities", a general collection of interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, and anecdotes about Westchester County and its towns. When reading the following, remember to keep in mind that this information has been written about two hundred years ago.
Population statistics and events have not been revised to reflect current events and perspective. We think this adds to the historical flavor and interest of the writings, giving a different perspective on much of this information and written in an "older world" writing style.
Port Chester, post village, is on the New York and Connecticut turnpike, and west side of Byram River, which is here the boundary line of Connecticut and New York; it is pleasantly situated, and contains 3 churches, and about dwellings.
This place possesses a convenient landing for steamboats and sloops. Its factories produce candy, ammonia, nuts and bolts, furnaces, coal and gas ranges, soft drinks, and cartons. The original furniture has been preserved, including the bed and desk used by 'Old Put.
The interior walls, doors, and floors are unchanged.Soon following after was the sinking of the Lusitania, which was carrying Britain passengers, and Americans.
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