The Hudson Valley: Places to Explore

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Katonah

Named after an American Indian chief who sold the town its land, Katonah was a 19th-century farming center that shipped produce and milk to New York City via railroad. When New York City planned to flood parts of the old village to make way for reservoirs, some enterprising residents decided to move their homes to a newly combined commercial and residential district, Katonah's current downtown. In all, some 55 buildings were relocated in 15 years, including some gingerbread Victorian homes that make up the core of this charming village.

Katonah's downtown encompasses a shopping district populated with upscale galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, as well as a few family-owned stores that have managed to retain the feel of yesteryear. The village is also a cultural hub for northern Westchester, with the Katonah Museum of Art, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and John Jay Homestead luring visitors from the tristate region.

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