Ossining is in the historic Hudson Valley:

  • In the 17th century, the Hudson River Valley was Dutch colony, and Manhattan was its New Amsterdam base;
  • In the 18th century, the Hudson River's connection to Lake Champlain, the St. Lawrence river and Montreal were important;
  • During the American Revolution, George Washington had his headquarters at West Point, and his army extended a 150-ton iron chain across the Hudson to control river traffic;
  • When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, it was the only water connection between the east coast and the Great Lakes. Subsequently, New York became the dominant East coast port, and modern industry flourished in the valley;
  • Industry has largely left the area, and it has been spared the sprawl and overdevelopment that comes with increasing population.

Ossining is the home of Sing Sing prison. In fact, the village changed its name from Sing Sing in order to improve its image. The prison is quite historic and may soon be the site of a major museum.

3 Liberty St., Ossining, NY 10562 (Note: the house is 1 block closer to the river than Google thinks. So, I set it to look for 1 Liberty St).

Getting there:

By train

The house is 3/4 mile from MetroNorth's Scarborough station (Hudson line). The ride from Grand Central is 61 minutes. The walk from the Scarborough station is pleasant. Parts of the train ride are beautiful. MetroNorth map, schedule

Service from the Ossining station (1.5 miles from the lot) is more frequent during peak times, and express trains from Ossining take 48 minutes. But the walk from the Ossining station is longer and includes a serious hill. There are generally taxis waiting at the Ossining station.

By car

Without traffic, the drive from Manhattan is 45 minutes.

The house is in a cute, safe, unpretentious, historic neighborhood, known as Sparta. History of the neighborhood. Some historic houses in the neighborhood.

The house is at the end of a dead-end street, across from Sparta Park.

The nearest train track is about 200' west of the home. The river is about 100' past that, 300' from the homesite. There is no safe and legal way to walk across the tracks here; people often cross the tracks here, but this is not recommended. It may be possible to reach the river by kayaking, using an underpass linking the river to a tidal pool at the north end of Sparta Park.

That's Sparta Park across the street. There is a defunct copper mine, past the north end of the park. More info on the mine.

The buildings to the south are Scarborough Manor, on top of Mt. Murray.

Maps below are from 1862, 1868, and 1930.