Westchester County: A History. Author Talk With Field Horne

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:30pm

Lively and unexpected tales from Westchester County’s past will be the topic of a book talk by Field Horne, author of the newly-released Westchester County: A History, published in September by the Westchester County Historical Society on Thursday, December 6th at 7:30 pm.

The 257-page book, with over 225 illustrations, 110 in full color, is the first truly comprehensive history of the county in a series of publications dating back to 1848. Until now, the most recent was published in 1946. Unlike any of the earlier books, it looks at subjects that were not considered important years ago, such as the contributions of African Americans to the county’s life since the eighteenth century. Farming, manufacturing, changing modes of transportation, the development of villages and of suburbs, the profound impact of city water supply, and the waves of immigrants are all studied carefully. Barbara Davis, New Rochelle’s city historian, said: “Field Horne’s much-needed new book chronicles Westchester history well, and without too much cumbersome detail…It is fun to read and a fine reference.” The talk will highlight twenty of the most unexpected discoveries during research for the book.

Horne, a resident of Saratoga Springs, grew up in Mount Pleasant and was the eleventh generation of his family in the county. He was graduated from Westlake High School and Williams College, and earned a graduate degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. His first job was as researcher for Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills and Van Cortlandt Manor restorations. Since moving upstate in 1978 he has served as director and curator of several museums, and has authored many books including The Greene County Catskills: A History (1994) and Saratoga Springs: A Centennial History (2015). He continues a local connection as a trustee of the Field Hall Foundation in Yorktown.

The books, priced at $40 plus tax, will be available at the talk and will be signed upon request.