Explore the rich African American background of Westchester County in this two-day itinerary. You’ll drive through Tarrytown, Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Rye, taking in churches, manors, statues and even an historic cemetery.
- Day 1 – John Jay Homestead
Travel north or south on I-684 in Westchester to Exit 6. Follow Route 35 east to Route 22. Travel southeast on Route 22 to John Jay Homestead. Take a guided tour of John Jay Homestead, homestead of founding father John Jay, former Governor of New York, who signed legislation that led to the gradual abolition of slavery.www.nysparks.com
400 Jay Street | Katonah, NY 10536 | T: (914) 232-5651
- Day 1 – Downtown Tarrytown
Transfer to Village of Tarrytown. Return to Route 35, travel northwest to the entrance of I-684 south. Travel south on I-684 and follow immediate signs for the Saw Mill River Parkway south. Travel south to I-287 West. Travel west on I-287 as it merges with I-87, north. Take the last exit before the Tappan Zee Bridge and turn left at the light at the end of the exit onto Route 119 and then go right onto Route 9 at the next traffic light. Travel north into village. Lunch at any restaurant in the village’s downtown shopping and dining district along Route 9 and adjoining streets. (Suggestions include: Horsefeathers, Lefteris Gyro, Tarrytown Gourmet.)www.sleephollowchamber.com
- Day 1 – Foster Memorial AME Zion Church
Take a self-guided tour of the Foster Memorial AME Zion Church, North on Route 9 to the intersection of Wildey Street, turn left. Founded in 1860, Foster AME and its members helped to provide food and shelter to fugitive slaves escaping to Canada, and also provided assistance to those fugitive slaves who settled in Tarrytown.www.cr.nps.gov
90 Wildey Street | Tarrytown, NY 10591
- Day 1 – Philipsburg Manor
Transfer to the Village of Sleepy Hollow via Route 9 north. Take a guided tour of Philipsburg Manor, a historic milling and trading complex of the late 17th and early 18th centuries that is the only living history museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery in the Colonial north. Owned by the Anglo-Dutch Philipse family, it was operated by enslaved individuals of African descent, whose achievements and struggle are brought to life in the site’s interpretation.www.hudsonvalley.org
381 North Broadway | Sleepy Hallow, NY 10591 | T: (914) 631-8200
- Day 1 – Stay Over!
Check in to any of our hotels in the Tarrytown area. (Marriott, Sheraton, Doubletree, Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center, SpringHill Suites or Courtyard by Marriott.)Click here for a list of hotels
- Day 2 - Villa Lewaro
Check out of your hotel and depart for downtown Yonkers via Route 9 south. Drive past Villa Lewaro (private residence) on Route 9 in Irvington en route to Yonkers. This stately mansion was former home of Madame C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made millionaireness.
Fargo Lane and North Broadway | Irvington, NY 10533
- Day 2 - Ella Fitzgerald Statue
Travel south through Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson into Yonkers. Turn right onto Dock Street. Stop and view the Ella Fitzgerald Statue in Larkin Plaza, near Yonkers Train Station. The bronze statue of “The First Lady of Song” was created by African American artist Vinnie Bagwell in 1996.
Larkin Plaza | Yonkers, NY 10701
- Day 2 - Philipse Manor Hall
Transfer to the Village of Sleepy Hollow via Route 9 north. Take a guided tour of Philipsburg Manor, a historic milling and trading complex of the late 17th and early 18th centuries that is the only living history museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery in the Colonial north. Owned by the Anglo-Dutch Philipse family, it was operated by enslaved individuals of African descent, whose achievements and struggle are brought to life in the site’s interpretation.www.nysparks.com
29 Warburton Avenue | Yonkers, NY 10701 | T: (914) 965-4027
- Day 2 - Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Depart for the City of Mount Vernon. Return to Route 9/Broadway, travel north to Ashburton Avenue, turn right. Turn left onto Yonkers Avenue, follow to entrance of Cross County Parkway, east. Travel east to the end of the Cross County Parkway and take the Hutchinson River Parkway south. Take Exit 8, Sandford Boulevard in Mount Vernon. Travel west to South Columbus Avenue. Turn left. Take a guided tour of Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site. One of Westchester County’s oldest churches and the original location of the East Chester town green, where slavery is referenced as early as 1672. Nearly 10 percent of those interred in the Church’s cemetery were of African descent.www.nps.gov
897 South Columbus Avenue | Mount Vernon, NY 10550 | T: (914) 667-4116
- Day 2 - Lunch in Rye
Transfer to the City of Rye. Return to Sandford Boulevard and turn right, follow signs for the Hutchinson River Parkway north. Travel north to Exit 26, take I-287 east. Travel east to Exit 11, Boston Post Road / Route 1. Turn right and travel south into downtown Rye. Turn right at the intersection of Purdy Avenue. Enjoy lunch at any restaurant in the downtown shopping and dining district. (Suggestions include: Frankie & Johnnie’s, Café Livorno.)www.frankieandjohnnies.com
- Day 2 - African Cemetery
Head west on Purdy Avenue toward First Street, turn left onto Purchase Street. Turn right onto Locust Avenue and left onto Glendale Road. North Street is at the end of Glendale. Enter Greenwood Union Cemetery directly in front of you and follow signs. Take a self-guided tour of the African Cemetery. Established in 1860 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cemetery includes 160 headstones, including 35 African-American war veterans from the Civil War through World War II.www.townofryeny.com
215 North Street | Rye, NY 10580 | T: (914) 967-0095
- Day 2 - Come back soon!
Your journey home: Return to North Street, turn right and proceed south to Old Post Road. Turn right, then right again onto Thruway Access Drive to Playland Parkway. Turn right to the entrance of I-95, north or south.