Somers Homes for Sale
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A Little About Somers
My first memories of Somers date back to the 1970s. What is now the Angle Fly Preserve was developed at that time as an equestrian community built around the then state-of-the-art Primrose Farm equestrian facility. It was ushered in with lots of publicity and the expectation that the condominium complex slated to surround it was going to be a grand success. That didn't pan out but in 2005 Somers acquired that beautiful land which is now Angle Fly Preserve. Named after the last natural brook-trout spawning stream in Westchester, Angle Fly Preserve is a vital sanctuary for area wildlife. Its 654 acres are critical to the environmental health of the surrounding area and provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, bird watching, and nature study.
Somers was originally part of a 1697 grant from King William II of England to Stephanus Van Cortland of New York City. The part of Van Cortland Manor that ultimately become Somers and Yorktown ws knows as the Middle District, or Hanover. Previously, the land had been occupied by Kitchawanks, part of the Mohegan tribe, who used the area primarily for hunting and fishing and established a few scattered villages within the town boundaries. The Native Americans called the land Amapaugh, meaning “fresh water fish”. The town of Stephentown was established in 1788, when the first town meeting was held at the inn of Benjamin Green. In 1808 the name Stephentown was changed to Somers, as a tribute to a young naval officer from New Jersey who lost his life in the war with Tripoli.
It was around 1805 when Hachaliah Bailey and his new Indian Elephant "Old Bet" put Somers on the map and led to the claim that it was the "Cradle of the American Circus". In 1825 he built the Elephant Hotel and soon after the granite shaft holding a statue of an elephant was erected. Today the Elephant Hotel building houses the Town of Somers Offices and the Somers Historical Society and museum. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
In the 1840s the railroad line was extended to Brewster, bypassing the town center which resulted in a decline in town growth over the next hundred years. Industries continued to thrive, with grist, paper, saw and clothing mills operating in the area. The Empire Sewing Machine factory operated in South Somers, utilizing waterpower from the Muscoot River, from 1866 until 1885. New York City's growing thirst led to the flooding of the Croton and Muscoot Rivers between 1890 and 1910 to create the New York City Reservoir system. That wiped out many farms, mills and businesses in the area.
In the late 1920’s, small lake developments began to spring up, eventually becoming the year round communities of Lincolndale, Shenorock and Lake Purdys. The rolling hillside country and open land of Somers attracted weekenders from New York City, brought into closer proximity by the automobile. After World War II, farmlands were sold and developed to satisfy the increased demand for housing by returning servicemen.
The construction of Interstate 684 in the mid 1970’s facilitated additional residential and commercial development. Heritage Hills, initially a senior residential community, was begun in 1972, IBM and PepsiCo built complexes, bringing an international corporate element into the community.
If you’d like to know more about Somers homes for sale, I hope you'll give me a call at 914-522-8585.