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Thursday, June 16, 2005

"German Village" Planned In Pelhamville Area in 1870

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The reference is brief and cryptic. But, there it is in the June 1, 1870 issue of The New York Times. It indicates that in 1870 a development described as a "German Village" was planned near the Pelhamville Station. The reference, contained in the "Westchester County" section of "Local News In Brief", read in its entirety:

"A new German village named Eisenbach is about to be founded between Chester Hill, Mount Vernon and Pelhamville station."

Source: Local News In Brief . . . Westchester County, N.Y. Times, Jun. 1, 1870, p. 8.

There appear to be no further references to any such "village". Furthermore, a review of available maps from roughly that time period turns up nothing that suggests any such planned development between Chester Hill and the Pelhamville depot. In later years, of course, there were enclaves of German residents in Eastchester and in North Pelham. But, whatever planned "village" prompted this brief reference remains -- for now -- a mystery.

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