Lewisboro, New York

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Lewisboro is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 12,324 at the 2000 census. The town is named after John Lewis.



After purchasing land from the local natives, the first settlers established themselves around South Salem. The town was formed in 1747 as the "Town of Salem." By 1790 the town assumed its current dimensions as lands were removed for other towns. The name also changed to South Salem in 1806. John Lewis, a financier, requested that the town be given his name and established a fund for the town, though he did not follow through on his promise of a railroad link. [1] Lewisboro is noted for its elaborate gardens, most notable in its public traffic triangles. Dry-stone walls and elaborate colonial mansions are other dominant features.

Lewisboro also has two historical characters. Sarah Bishop is the hermit of West Mountain. Apparently mistreated by British soldiers at the time of the Revolutionary War, she retreated to a solitary life in the Lewisboro area. A spot known as "Sarah Bishop's Cave" is on the hill on the north side of Lake Rippowam, near Mountain Lakes Camp. [2] The second historical character appeared around the time of the Civil War. The Leatherman was a wanderer who got his name from homemade leather garments. He is frequently mentioned as being in Lewisboro in the middle of the 19th century. He followed a route past homes that would offer him a meal and reappeared at the same doorsteps for 25 years. One of the hiking destinations in Ward Pound Ridge is to the Leatherman's cave, reportedly one of his more frequent homes. [3] In 1987 a 10k trail race called "The Leatherman's Loop" was started to honor his legacy and continues every April at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.


The east town line is the border of Connecticut. Interstate 684 passes near the west side of the town. The town is shaped roughly like the profile of a stealth B2 Bomber. The shape of the town is partly the result of The Oblong, created during the resolution of the boundary dispute between Connecticut and New York. [4][5]

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