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Pelham (New York)

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Pelham is a town in New York.

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Hike to The Split Rock – This natural monument has been part of this region for ages. Its historical significance was enough to have Interstate 95 moved as not to disturb it. Originally it was a part of and old Native American trail. Later it was a supposed site of the Indians killing of Anne Hutchison, an exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and eventually a marker on the first Boston Post Road. This landmark is a bit out of the way, but a hike out to see it is a chance to reflect on the many changes in this area. For more information: http://historicpelham.blogspot.com/2005/03/split-rock-pelham-landmark-for.html

Tour the Bartow-Pell Mansion – In the 1600’s the Pell Family bought land from the Indians, which would eventually become part of the Bronx and Lower Westchester County, including Pelham and Pelham Manor. Later descendants built the mansion on this spot in the late 1800”s. Currently the mansion and the surrounding gardens have become a New York City Landmark and Museum. For more information: http://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/index.php

Visit Saint Paul’s Church- Another historic landmark and museum is the Saint Paul’s Church on the Pelham/Mt. Vernon border. Designated a National Historic Site this church was important to early colonial life, part of the Battle of Pell’s Point and involved in the case of John Peter Zenger and the cause of Freedom of the Press. The cemetery has graves dating back to 1704 and there are guided tours, organ recitals, and outdoor concerts available to the public. For more information: http://www.nps.gov/sapa/index.htm

Stained glass at Christ Church – Pelham has a number of religious buildings and the oldest is Christ Church, built in 1843. This granite structure was actually built by the sons of the pastor Rev. Bolton and features the first stained glass figure made in America. For more information: http://www.christchurchpelham.org/#!__parish-history

Catch a Game at Glover Field- Now used as recreational fields for the town and the school Glover Field was part of an important battle of the Revolutionary War fought over many areas in Pelham. At almost any time of year you can find the Pelham Pelicans on the fields for football, soccer, baseball and track. In the winter, visit the nearby Ice Hutch, home of the champion Pelham Ice Hockey team.

History and Education at Pelham Memorial High School- Pelham’s four elementary schools are named for different eras of the town’s past (Siwanoy, Colonial, Hutchison, Prospect Hill) The high school founded in 1922 is itself a memorial to those who died in World War I. Check out the Neo-Gothic architecture of the original structure and the WPA murals in the library. For more information: http://pmhs.pelhamschools.org/site_res_view_folder.aspx?id=8605a0f7-803e-4360-92b7-898dbb2f2b59

Relive Golf’s Early Years at the Pelham Country Club- This local golf course was designed by the famous golf course architect Devereaux Emmet and hosted the 1923 PGA Championship. This classic duel pitted Gene Sarazen against Walter Hagen in a 38-hole final with Sarazen winning his second straight PGA title. This is a private club and you would need a member to take you as a guest to play a round. http://www.pelhamcc.com/ There are two good public courses nearby: Pelham Bay and Split Rock. http://www.americangolf.com/pelham-bay-and-split-rock-golf-courses \

City Island/Pelham Bay Park/ Orchard Beach- For some great outdoor experiences in the nearby Pelham Bay area of the Bronx visit these three scenic “under the radar” spots. Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City (3 times the size of Central Park) There are numerous activities including 13 miles of shoreline with swimming at Orchard Beach, horse trails, bike paths, tennis courts, playgrounds , and picnic areas. A short drive away is City Island; this historic seaport is home to numerous seafood restaurants, fishing charters, and recreational boat houses.

Catch a Movie at the Pelham Picture House- The Pelham Picture House is undergoing a massive change in both form and purpose. Designated a landmark as one of the last remaining classic Art Deco one-screen theatres in the area the Picture House has become a non-profit organization dedicated to cinema education. Screening of documentaries and independent films, lectures and forums with film makers and actors, and film making classes for kids are all part of the restoration and vision for this local treasure. For more information: http://thepicturehouse.org/

Easy access to New York City by the Pelham Train Station- The town of Pelham has long been connected to New York City and it is one of the closest suburbs and shortest commutes for those working in Manhattan, only 23 minutes to Grand Central Station during peak hours. Nearby the train station you can visit Pelham’s 9-11 Memorial dedicated to those Pelham residents who died in the terrorist attacks.

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