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One of the five main business hamlets of the Town of Yorktown, the rolling hills of Yorktown Heights are home to a predominantly residential area, with many pleasant commercial and recreational activities offered for residents.
Yorktown Heights is situated near the northern boundary of Westchester County, about 45 miles from New York City. While no major rail stations are present within the hamlet itself, several Metro-North Railroad stations are located within a short driving distance. Several major roads pass through or near Yorktown Heights, including the Taconic State Parkway and Route 202. Yorktown Heights is just under one square mile in size (of the larger 40 square miles encompassed by the entirety of the Town of Yorktown), with a population of about 1,800.
The original inhabitants of Yorktown were the Mohegan, Osceola, Amawalk, Kitchawan, and Mohansic tribes, whose legacies are preserved by the names of many local landmarks. The land that would become Yorktown was mostly part of the Manor of Cortlandt established by King William III, and during the American Revolution, the area was of vital strategic importance to the American forces.
The town was incorporated in 1788 and named in commemoration of America’s decisive victory over Great Britain at Yorktown, Virginia.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
Yorktown Heights is home to several shopping centers, each offering a fine selection of shopping venues and eateries. The Yorktown Green Shopping Center is situated just down the road from the local Starbucks, while the Triangle Shopping Center includes several restaurants such as the Jewel of Himalaya Restaurant, Okinawa Japanese Restaurant, and the nearby Maria’s Pizza, a popular local pizzeria. In Yorktown you can also find Peter Pratt’s Inn, an award-winning restaurant with delicious food and a rich history. Plus, Yorktown Heights is just a short drive from the Jefferson Valley Mall, which includes a selection of stores and eateries all its own.
Yorktown Heights offers a wide variety of things to do to pass the time, from hiking the trails of the Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve to apple picking at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. The Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park provides spacious areas for visitors to picnic and relax, in addition to hosting other activities, and Yorktown Heights is close to several swimming facilities, including the Brian J. Slavin Aquatic Center. Closer to the town center, you will find the Jack DeVito Veterans’ Memorial Field and Track, where many events, concerts, and ceremonies are hosted on the gazebo.
In addition to the above, Yorktown Heights is home to several historic landmarks, including the Davenport House, a building used by General Washington as a command post in the Revolutionary War, and the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, a place of worship that has stood since 1840.
Yorktown Heights is predominantly serviced by the Yorktown Central School District, which consists of 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. The Lakeland Central School District – composed of five grade K-5 elementary schools, one grade 6-8 middle school, and one grade 9-12 high school – also services parts of Yorktown Heights.
COMMUNITY INFORMATIONYorktown’s greatest treasure, Hilltop Hanover Farm offering 8 acres of vegetable, herb and flower production, 3 greenhouses, green roof technology, composting facility, farm stand, 5 beehives, and small livestock operation with chickens, cows and goats, all highlighting best practices in sustainable agriculture. Educational and delicious!
Additional information about Yorktown Heights, including police, fire, and ambulance services, special services, and government operations can be found on the Town of Yorktown website.
Visit the Town of Yorktown website here.