Sunday, 6 May 2012

Westchester County

Westchester County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. Westchester covers an area of 450 square miles. It was named after the city of Chester in England, and the county seat is White Plains.

The county's location puts New York City and Long Island Sound to its south, Putnam County on the north, Connecticut on the east, Rockland County on the west. Westchester became the first suburban area of its scale in the world to develop. Its significance as a suburb derived mostly from the upper-middle class development of entire communities in the late 19th century, and the rapid population growth that occurred as a result. Long associated with "old money” and some of the country's wealthiest families for generations. 

Referred to by the newspaperman in Lowry's short story 'In Le Havre' as well as other towns in county;
Chappaqua, Dobbs FerryLarchmontMamaroneckMount KiscoOssining and Peekshill  Not visited by Lowry at time of story. Possibly influenced by Jan Gabrial who had helped Lowry write the story.

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