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CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.—The New York and Harlem Railroad extended into Northern Westchester when the first Chappaqua train station was built in 1846. One of the most famous early commuters was the famous Horace Greeley, who bought land in Chappaqua in the 1850s. Greeley was New York Tribune’s editor-in-chief until his death in 1872. Greeley and his wife, Mary, purchased this summer home in Chappaqua as a safe place for their children in the sweltering, disease-riddled streets of New York City. Mary insisted that the home have “a peerless spring of pure soft, living water, a cascade or brawling brook and woods largely composed of evergreens.” His home is now located on King Street and is the headquarters of the New Castle Historical Society.

The station was designed by architect Charles Reed, who later formed the architecture firm, Reed & Stem, with Alan Stem. That architectural firm designed Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan, built in 1903. The Chappaqua Train Station was revitalized in 2005 by Wank Adams Slavin Associates, an architectural and engineering firm.

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