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The town of North Castle, New York was long referred to as the fishing place among the hills by local Indians. With beautiful rolling hills and winding streams, the town is a little oasis located roughly just north of White Plains and only 35 miles from Manhattan. Its first official town meeting was held in 1736. In those early years, the residents were farmers and millers who all contributed to the care of the town's roads and public buildings. During the American Revolution, the town's loyalties were split between Patriots and Tories, in many cases individual families were also divided. By 1771, the northern section of the town became the independent town of New Castle, and Patriot leaders took over as the town's government leaders, and General Washington's officers even had headquarters in the town. Over the next century, the landscape of the town was altered as earth dams were built to create a lake to supply water for New York City. The town continues to be a hub for residents to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beautiful greenery of North Castle. Today, the town is divided into three sections- North White Plains, Armonk and Banksville. North White Plains is home to many New York City commuters, as it provides easy access to the city via Metro North. Armonk is a busier business district with cafes, shops and offices and additionally is the seat of the town's government and main library. The publishing company, M.E. Sharpe, Inc. and the technology giant, IBM, both have headquarters in Armonk. Banksville, located in the eastern part of town, borders Bedford and Greenwich, Connecticut, and is popular for its rural landscape. The Byram Hills Central School District is well regarded throughout New York. The District consists of the Coman Hill Elementary School, Wampus Elementary School, H.C. Crittenden Middle School and Byram Hills High School. The H.C. Crittenden Middle School was recognized by both the state and federal governments by winning the most prestigious national award for schools- the Blue Ribbon School Award from the Department of Education, an honor achieved by fewer than 4% of schools nationwide.

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