Welcome to the WESTCHESTER TOWN OF THE WEEK. Each week, we will highlight one town in the county, and will give you some facts about that town, including census information, and something fun or enlightening. If you have any facts about the town of the week, feel free to let us know in the “comments” section! Or, just drop in and say “Hi, I am from______”!!
This week, we are highlighting the Town of Ardsley. Located in SouthwesternWestchester, Ardsley is situated between the Saw Mill River Parkway, and the NYS Thruway, and can be accessed by both. You can also reach Ardsley via Central Avenue, at the four corners in Scarsdale.
Ardsley was originally known as the Village of Ashford. It was inhabited first by a branch of the Mohican Indians called the Weckquaesgeek. By the late 1600s, the land became part of the then vast Phillipse Manor, but during the revolutionary war, Phillipse (a loyalist) was forced to flee and his land was taken over by the state and sold to former tenants who were patriots. The village grew, and was home to a sawmill, gristmill, and three pickle factories. After the Putnam Railroad and the New Croton Aqueduct were built, the village name was changed to Ardsley, and in 1896, it was formally incorporated. Ardsley was named for the Estate of Cyrus W. Field, who owned a company that laid cable across the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, the population of Ardsley stands at about 6,471, with 48.8 percent male, and 51.2 percent female. The median home value is about $869,000 and the percent of the population that owns homes is 90.9. 94.6 percent of the population consists of high school graduates, and the percentage that commutes by bus or train to the city is 15.5. The closest MTA stations to Ardsley are Dobbs Ferry and Hartsdale.