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NC Historical Society Celebrates Greeley's 200th

All this month, the New Castle Historical Society is honoring Chappaqua’s most famous resident, Horace Greeley, with the Horace Greeley History Hunt, the latest of their annual events in remembrance of Greeley’s 200th birth year.

For the entire month of May, teams of middle and high-schoolers have completed riddles and puzzles, read maps and solved clues to complete the history hunt. The game runs until Memorial Day, May 31.

The hunt involves not only Greeley’s summer home but the Chappaqua train station and his fire-resistant concrete barn on Aldridge Road, which he built in 1857 to the cost of $6,000.

Greeley purchased the 78-acre farm in Chappaqua on which his Victorian home sits in 1853. His first home was the “House in the Woods” behind what is now St. Mary the Virgin Church before it burned down. The Greeleys moved to the current location in 1864, to where he commuted from New York City in the summer months.

Horace Greeley was most famously New York Tribune’s editor-in-chief until his death in 1872, which had a circulation upwards of 250,000 by 1850. Greeley created the Tribune after merging Whig campaign weekly, “The Log Cabin” and non-partisan literary journal “The New-Yorker” into the “New York Tribune” in 1841. Greeley ran for president in 1872, losing to Ulysses S. Grant before losing his wife then passing later that year.

Greeley and his wife, Mary, purchased this summer home in Chappaqua as a safe place for their children in the sweltering, disease-riddled streets of New York City in the 1860s. Mary insisted that the home have “a peerless spring of pure soft, living water, a cascade or brawling brook and woods largely composed of evergreens.”

How many of you have participated in the History Hunt? Please comment below.

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