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New Castle, New York is a beautiful little town in northern Westchester County. Located approximately 40 miles from Manhattan, the town is home to many families with daily commuters into the city. With nationally ranked schools, high-valued real estate and a close distance to all of New York City's five boroughs, New Castle continues to be a desirable location to live. The town of New Castle officially separated from the bordering town of North Castle in 1791. For the first half-century of its existence, the town's residents were predominantly self-sufficient farmers, millers and craftsmen. When the railroad came in the mid-19th century, the farmers profited tremendously from growing and shipping cash crops'. Despite the construction of factories to package the products, the town remained small with a population of less than 2,500 by the end of the century. The beautiful landscape and easy transportation options in the town began to attract people who had accumulated wealth working in New York City. In their desire to raise their children outside the city, they bought land within an easy commutable distance and relocated to New Castle and other areas in greater Westchester County. The town saw its greatest population growth after the World Wars- particularly in the 1960s, when it rose by 60% to 14,000 residents. The schools in New Castle are consistently ranked among the nation's top systems, and residents willingly pay higher taxes to send their children to the Chappaqua Central School District. The district consists of three elementary schools- Grafflin Elementary School, Roaring Brook Elementary School and Westorchard Elementary School; two middle schools- Seven Bridges Middle School and Robert E. Bell Middle School; and one high school- Horace Greeley High School. Notable residents who live or have previously resided in New Castle include Bill Ackman, Dave Bickler, Bill and Hilary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Jonathan Klein, Ben Stiller, Vanessa Williams, and the town's most famous resident, Horace Greeley, whom the high school is named after. Greeley's home, Rehoboth, along with the Williams-DuBois House, Old Chappaqua Historic District and the Isaac Young House are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and continue to serve as marks of pride to the residents of New Castle.

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  • Douglas G. Grafflin School
  • Horace Greeley Hs
  • Roaring Brook School
  • Robert E. Bell School
  • Westorchard School

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