Yorktown Heights is a hamlet inside of the town of Yorktown. Yorktown Heights is primarily a suburban community with a predominantly residential character.
Two prominent citizens of Yorktown, Edward Underhill and Charles Whitney, brought what was then the New York and Boston Railroad to the town in 1872. The station and a store were built five years later. When the railroad was built in 1881, business began to concentrate at the railroad plaza. Local farmers began shipping their milk by rail. The post office near the station was first called Underhill, later Yorktown Station and finally Yorktown Heights. By the 1880s the railroad station was the center of town, surrounded by five stores, a school, a hotel, two locksmiths, a wheelwright and two churches. The line and the station were later acquired by New York Central Railroad in 1894 when it took over the Old Put. In 1902 it acquired land and built a coach yard, an engine service facility. It was a site of the connection to the Mohansic Branch to Mohansic State Hospital, now the site of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, until 1917. Crompond Corners, where Old Yorktown Road meets Route 202, was the business center of town from colonial days until the railroad was built. The corner looks today something as it did in the 19th century.
The station was closed in 1958, a year before passenger service was abandoned along the Putnam Line. Freight service was abandoned in 1962 between East Falls and Mahopac. The town bought the station in 1966 as part of its urban renewal efforts. Initially the plan was to relocate it for use as a bus station, but in 1975 that was changed. It remained on site and was restored with the intent of using it as a museum and office of the local Chamber of Commerce. As of today, it remains unused.
The Yorktown School District encompasses a large central part of the Town of Yorktown and small sections of Cortlandt and New Castle. The district includes two, grade K-3 elementary schools; one, grade 4-5 elementary school; one, grade 6-8 middle school; and one grade 9-12 high school.
Lakeland Central School District is a suburban school district located in the Northwest corner of Westchester County and includes parts of six towns: Yorktown, Cortlandt Manor, and Somers in Westchester County; Carmel, Philipstown, and Putnam Valley in Putnam County. The district population was 6,323 in October 2009. Lakeland includes five, grade K-5 elementary schools; one, grade 6-8 middle school; and two grade 9-12 high schools as well as the Lakeland Alternative High School.
Within the Somers Central School District, students are encouraged to explore the arts to ensure they have a well-rounded educational experience. Learning to be an independent thinker and making good choices to support one’s education is a key focus of our work. Students are provided the opportunity to learn how to work collaboratively, think creatively and apply critical problem solving strategies to their daily studies.
Town of Yorktown: http://www.yorktownny.org
Yorktown Central School District: http://www.yorktown.org
Lakeland Central School District: http://www.lakelandschools.org/
Somers School District: www.somersschools.org
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