Yorktown is a town in northern Westchester County , New York , in the suburbs of New York City about 38 miles north of midtown Manhattan. The population was 36,318 at the 2000 census and is about 40 square miles in area. Yorktown is comprised of the business hamlets of Crompound, Jefferson Valley, Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, and Yorktown Heights. Yorktown's business community includes Jefferson Valley Mall, which opened in 1983, in the hamlet of Jefferson Valley, which is home to approximately 90 stores, including Sears, Macy*s, H&M, The Dollar Store and Hot Topic. There is also a large food court which restaurants offering many different varies of foods. Yorktown is also the home of the renowned IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
History: The Town of Yorktown has a rich historical heritage beginning with the earliest known inhabitants — Mohegan, Osceola, Amawalk, Kitchawan and Mohansic — all familiar names of local places. The Mohegans of the Algonquin Nation had habitations within the boundary of Yorktown.
In 1683, Stephanus Van Cortlandt, with a license issued by the Royal Governor of New York, made his first purchase of land from the Indians. By June 17, 1697, when he confirmed his patent with the authorities, he had acquired roughly 80,000 acres in north west Westchester with a Manor house located north of the confluence of the Hudson and Croton Rivers.
After the Revolutionary War and at the time of its incorporation in 1788, the township was officially designated as Yorktown in commemoration of the American's decisive victory at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781.
Government: The Town Board is the governing and legislative body of the Town. The Board is comprised of four Council members, who are elected for a four year term, and the Supervisor who is elected for a two year term. Terms are staggered. It determines policy and is the branch of government that appropriates funds for governmental functions and services and enacts ordinances for the public safety, well-being, health and protection of town residents.
Post Office: Within the Town of Yorktown, the hamlets of Crompound, Jefferson Valley, Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, and Yorktown Heights each have their own post office and zip code.
Schools: Depending upon their geographic location with the town, Yorktown residents attend either the Yorktown Central School District or the Lakeland School District .
Transportation: Yorktown is easily accessible to the Taconic State Parkway or for train transportation, residents can drive to either the Metro North Train Station in Peekskill or the Purdys Train Station.
Where is Yorktown?
Located in northern Westchester County NY, the northern town line is the border of Putnam County, New York, the Town of Somers borders Yorktown on the east and the Town of Cortlandt borders Yorktown on the west. The Town of New Castle borders Yorktown on the south.