Historic Pelham

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

More Information About the Prospect Hill Village Association Formed in the Early 1850s

During the early to mid-19th century, several small hamlets sprang up within the Town of Pelham in addition to the main population center on City Island. One of those hamlets was called "Prospect Hill Village". Occasionally I have published postings to the Historic Pelham Blog about Prospect Hill Village. See, e.g.:

Wednesday, March 30, 2005: Prospect Hill Village -- Yet Another Early Hamlet Within the Town of Pelham

Monday, November 21, 2005: Prospect Hill and Pelhamville Depicted on the 1868 Beers Atlas Map of Pelham - Part I

Research in the Library of the New-York Historical Society has revealed a set of the "Articles of the Prospect Hill Village Association" adopted July 21, 1851 as well as a shareholder's certificate of Robert C. Voorhies transferred to George T. Maxwell, May 29, 1852. Contained in the materials is the following description of the area selected by the Association for development:

"The site for the village is high and dry, consequently very healthy, and the view therefrom the most beautiful in the country. It is located on the Turnpike Road from New-York to New Rochelle, and within sight of the Pelhamville station, on the New-Haven Railroad."

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