A Quick Chronology
of Irvington, New York in Early Days

Compiled by Henry Steiner, Village Historian, Sleepy Hollow

WASHINGTON IRVING

?-1609

 

Native Americans of the Delaware Tribe are the only people to inhabit the environs of Irvington.

1609

 

Henry Hudson passes the Irvington area while exploring the Hudson River.

1626

 

The birth of Frederick Philipse I in Europe.

1643

 

War between the Dutch and local Indian tribes.

1682 

 

By this date Frederick Philipse I is a member of the Governor’s Council.

1682 

 

Philipse purchases a tract of land which includes present day Irvington.

1691 

 

The death of Margaret DeVries, first wife of Frederick Philipse I.

1692

 

By this date Wolfert Acker is a tenant farmer on the Manor of Philipsburg in the Irvington area.  His tenant farmhouse was later to be transformed by Washington Irving into the whimsical Victorian cottage today known as Sunnyside.  South of the Acker place was the tenant farm of Barent Dutcher.

1692

 

The marriage of Frederick Philipse I and Catherine Derval, his 2nd wife.

1693

 

Philipse’s extensive manor along the Hudson River is confirmed by the British Crown.
c. 1695  Captain Jan Harmse builds his tenant farm house.  (The Odell-Conklin-Harmse Tavern, along the Albany Post Road [Route 9]).

c. 1700

 

Captain John Buckhout resides on a tenant farm directly to the north of the Harmse place.

1703

 

The New &York Provincial Assembly authorizes the building of the Albany Post Road.

1723

 

The Albany Post Road is completed through the area of present day Irvington.

1742

 

The death of Captain Jan HarmseMathius and Sophia Conklin take possession of the Harmse farm house, subsequently employing it as an tavern.

1774

 

The death of Mathias Conklin.  Jonathan Odell taken possession of the tavern.

1785

 

The death of Captain John Buckhout.

1776

 

John Odell (son of Jonathan) enlists in the Westchester militia with two brothers at Tarrytown.

1776

 

Jonathan Odell arrested by the British and imprisoned in New York after the Battle of White Plains..

1783

 

The birth of Washington Irving in NYC.

1785

 

The confiscated lands of Frederick Philipse III, including all of present day Irvington are sold to local farmers by the State of New York.

1812

 

Justus Dearman buys land from the estate of William Dutcher II, comprising the future center of  Irvington.

1835

 

Washington Irving purchases an old tenant farmhouse in the Irvington area and makes Sunnyside his home.

1835

 

Washington Irving purchases the former tenant farm house of Woolfert Ecker, and transforms it into Sunnyside.

1836

 

James Hamilton (son of Alexander Hamilton) builds Nevis

1842

 

Completion of the Old Croton Aqueduct.

1849

 

The farm of Justus Dearman is purchased by Franklin C. Field.

1849

 

The railroad arrives in the Irvington area.

1850

 

The former farm of Justus Dearman is divided into 266 lots and sold at auction.  It later becomes the village center of Irvington.

1851

 

The hamlet of Abbotsford is begun near East and West Clinton Street.

1857

 

The name Irvington comes into use.

1859

 

The death of Washington Irving.

1872

 

Irvington is incorporated as a village.

1890

 

The population of Irvington is reported as 2,299.

1895

 

Cosmopolitan Magazine makes its home in Irvington in a building designed by Stanford White.

1898

 

The population of Irvington is reported as 2,013.

 

 

 

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