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Discover Revolutionary History in the Tarrytowns

The capture of Major John Andre wasn't the only Revolutionary War event that happened in the Tarrytowns.

According to Sara Mascia, the curator of the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Historical Society, the Tarrytowns area was the one place in all of Westchester that saw fighting for the entire seven years.

“You have to think: Westchester County in the American Revolution was constantly under attack,” she said. “It was between New York City, where the British were, and the Croton area and further north where the American forces were. It was constant skirmishes -- people were coming in constantly to rip people off.”

Click here to view an interactive map of Revolutionary War sites in the Tarrytowns area.

Our interactive map details many lesser events that happened during the Revolutionary War:

The Action at Tarrytown

On July 15, 1781, five British gunboats had run aground two American supply ships  near the foot of Beekman Street. They kept bombarding the ships with gunfire, which echoed all the way to Dobbs Ferry. American regimements galloped to the rescue and fired from the shore, driving off the British.

Church Street Redoubt

The site from which the Americans cannonaded the British ship Vulture as returned from the Andre-Arnold meeting.

Couvenhoven Inn

Gen. George Washington stayed at this tavern during the Revolutionary War, resting and holding conferences. The building was later renamed Martin Smith's Inn. Since the 18th century, the tavern was demolished and a new building, the George Washington Building, was built on top of it. Today that building still stands (housing Lefteris Gyro and Coffee Labs Roasters among other things), although local villagers know it by the old drugstore that used to be housed there.

Hammond House

Hammond House is one of the earliest surviving homes in Westchester County, having been built in 1719 by Captain William Hammond. His younger son, James, was a colonel during the Revolutionary War. It has been speculated that Gen. George Washington visited the house numerous times.

Landrine House

This is one of the milita guard houses where Major John Andre was taken after his capture. It is where Andre had his last meal before the trial (it was bread and milk).

Lower Cross Road

Gov. William Tryon and 3,000 troops had a brief skirmish against Colonel H. Ludington and 500 militia about 1 mile east of this location on Oct. 4, 1777. Both parties withdrew after a brief parley.

East View Site

This became a hamlet during the Revolutionary War, later a community of 20 homes, church, hotel, post office, railroad station and blacksmith shop.

Bedford Road

Major John Andre journeyed down Bedford Road and onto the Albany Post Road (Now Route 9) after meeting with Benedict Arnold.

David's Homestead

British soldiers slashed the door posts here in 1776, in what was probably a scare tactic, when Washington narrowly escaped capture.

The Battle of Young's Corner

Fighting took place here near the Hammond House in 1777. It's known that some people died.

Battle Hill Monument

Monument honoring the Revolutionary soliders who lived in or near Tarrytown. It sits where a cannon sat during the war, guarding the Pocantico River.

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