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Many residents living in Pound Ridge work in Manhattan, or even up and coming Stamford, Connecticut. These the are two major cities where you are able to commute to work by rail. In New York the rail system is the Metro North- the rails serves goes through and makes stops in Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange counties in New York as well as Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut. The train ride from Pound Ridge to New York City is around 50 minutes to an hour. You can either go the Bedford Hills train station or the Katonah train station. The town is located in the northern section of Westchester county. The area is shaped like a backwards L and is bordered by New Canaan & Stamford, Connecticut. The area around Pound Ridge was the territory for the Kitchawong, Siwanoy and Tankiteke tribes. These Indians spoke in a Munsee language. This dialect was spoken throughout what is known today as New York City, Long Island, Staten Island and the Northern third of New Jersey. The town was home of one of the many battle fields of the American Revolutionary War, it was fought on July 2nd 1779. The battle consisted of 300 American Soldiers and 200 British Soldiers. In 1788 the town of Pound Ridge was officially incorporated. Agriculturally, Pound Ridge was known to be a great place for families to reside. The land was fertile and had the option to grow plenty of crops- commercial beef and dairy farming were the most popular to grow at the time. If you weren't into caring for your own land, or wanted more work to do in the winter months- shoemaking and basket making was a popular profession at the time. Unfortunately both of these industries diminished over time due to competition from foreign countries and for the industrial incline of technology and machinery. Later on in 1925 Westchester County purchased over 4000 acres of land in North Pound Ridge. The park was renamed the Ward-Pound Ridge Reservation in 1938 in honor of Republican county leader William L Ward. The geography of Pound Ridge has a complete region of 23.5 Square miles. It has several lakes in its area. They are Highland Lake, Robin Hood Lake, Mallard Lake, Siscowit Reservoir, Trinity Lake, Gilmore Pond and Blue Heron Lake. All of these lakes are fresh water lakes where you are able to fish, all you need is a fresh water fishing permit. When you're in the town itself, there are plenty of activities to do, you can dine and shop in Scott's Corners which is a part of town where you can do most of your everyday shopping. Even if you're looking for that old American Revolutionary business, kitchen or farming antique novelty, Pound Ridge has a store for that. If you're the active type, you can enjoy many acres of amazing hiking terrain or hit the links for a nice round of golf at the Pound Ridge Golf club, which is well known and highly respected in the metropolitan area. In the fall months you can enjoy apple picking at local farms and when the fall comes, you can go sledding at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. The only public school in the area is Pound Ridge Elementary school, which is part of the Bedford Central School District. Once you complete Kindergarten through fifth grade you have to hop on a bus and head to Fox Lane Middle school and eventually Fox Lane High School. A big reason why so many new families are looking to move to Pound Ridge is because how close it is to Manhattan but it's far enough that you're surrounded by trees and lakes. The majority of homes that are being developed and rented are single family homes, which sit on a good amount of property where there is plenty of privacy and room for kids to run around and play.

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