Residents can learn about the history of Westchester and the county government through a number of sources.

Westchester County Archives is available for historical as well as personal genealogical research. Apects of Westchester County’s history through the display of primary documents, bringing together government and private records tell the county’s story. Stories about the people and events that have shaped Westchester’s rich history come alive at the Westchester Historical Society. The society’s website also contains links to local historical societies as well as genealogical resources.

You can take a digital stroll on the African American Heritage Trail, a collection of historic sites which preserves and interprets the contributions that people of African descent have made to the development of our unique American identity.

You may read about the history of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Plus, you can learn about county services relating to historic preservation as well as download the list of registered historic places and properties.

The account below of the first 300 years of recorded history of Westchester County was prepared by Susan Cochran Swanson and Elizabeth Green Fuller in 1982.