Looking North from Ossining, NY
Samuel Colman, 1867
Collection of the Hudson River Museum
, Yonkers, NY
Gift of the Estate of Sarah Williams, 44.100 A
"This country is distinguished for beautiful and picturesque scenery, noticeable in nearly every part." (French, 1860)

These words describing the Westchester of 1860 are still true, though the county has changed in countless ways. Half as big in area as it was then, with nearly 20 times the number of people, today's Westchester might seem a metropolis to the 19th century resident.