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

The county's Virtual Archives Web site relates various aspects of Westchester County’s history through the display of primary documents, bringing together government and private records to 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 Web site also contains links to local historical societies as well as genealogical resources.

Don't forget to take a digital stroll on our 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 also want to access the history of the Westchester County Board of Legislators and the county police. Plus, you can learn about county services relating to historic preservation and which properties are on the county’s list of historic places.

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