1. Pleasant Square was located at the intersections of Highland Avenue, Croton Avenue, Main Street and Broadway. It would be called Hubbell’s Corner in the mid 20th century. Emigrant Bank anchors the intersection at the north end, the old Bank for Savings at the south.
2. Sparta Cemetery is located on land once owned by Arnold Hunt, a tenant farmer in Philipsburg Manor. (He is buried in the cemetery.) The cemetery was originally for the Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, built in 1768 next to the burial ground. Today the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining sits at the corner of South Highland Ave. and Maple Place.
3. The first synagogue in Ossining was built in 1923 at 18 Waller Ave by the Congregation Sons of Israel. In 1959 the congregation purchased land in Briarcliff and built a new synagogue on Pleasantville Rd. Today, the Waller Avenue building is home to the Portuguese Club of Ossining.
4. In the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood, Lady Marianne’s horse was named Golden Cloud. Roy Rogers later bought the horse and renamed it Trigger.
5. Longtime Ossining resident and OHSM member Albert P. Schatz worked on the film’s production staff in California before moving to New York and becoming a real estate broker. Always a “snappy dresser,” according to his son, Shatz also worked in the wardrobe departments of Gone with the Wind, Gunga Din, Stagecoach and Wuthering Heights. Extra credit if you got this one right!
BOO! It’s the spooky season, and the OHSM is back with last year’s popular event! Ossining’s fascinating history comes to life once again! Come and hear the stories on a guided night walk through the Museum, where you’ll meet long-departed characters from our vivid past, including Dr. Benjamin Brandreth, Warden Lewis Lawes and Martha Place, the first woman put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing.
The guided walk throughs take place at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30. They are led by students at AMD Middle School. The program is appropriate for children age 10 and up.
No reservation is required: just show up. A $5 donation to the Museum is appreciated.
Just so you know, there are stairs involved.
Wow, it’s our 85th year! That makes this year’s Dinner & Silent auction extra special. On Friday, October 14, please join the OHSM’s Trustees and Officers for the highlight of our social season. The evening includes a delicious food and drink, fun folks to talk to, and lots of top-drawer antiques and collectibles to bid on. Who knows what you’ll take home?
We’ve got a new location this year: The Briarcliff Manor, a gorgeously renovated historic mansion on a hill in Briarcliff. All funds raised from the evening will go to benefit future plans to educate and involve the community in keeping Ossining’s history alive!
Did we mention valet parking?
There’s still time to get your tickets! Contact the Ossining Historical Society Museum at 914-941-0001 by October 7.
Have you ever wondered, Gee, what’s it like to run a maximum security state prison? Here’s your chance to find out! On July 13, at 7 pm, Michael Capra, the Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility, will host an informal discussion and take audience questions. Afterwards, enjoy the Museum during an open house. Space is limited so call the OHSM by July 9 to reserve your seat now! 914-941-0001. A donation at the door would be most appreciated.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, is Flag Day. Why not salute Old Glory here at the OHSM? At 7 p.m., local resident Scott McKenna will speak about World Wars I and II and Ossining. It’s free to the public.
On April 16 at 1 p.m. local historian Scott Craven will lead a tour of the spectacular new Sing Sing Kil Greenway, a pathway along the bottom of the ravine that will let you view the Double Arches like never more. More details to come, but you won’t want to miss this new attraction in downtown Ossining!
Our annual Historic Homes Tour takes place this Spring on April 30. More details to come, but be sure to put this popular event on your calendar!