According to the Larchmont Historical Society, the Village of Larchmont was officially incorporated on September 22, 1891. This lovely village was once known as the Larchmont Manor Company, but no longer!
Starting in September of 2015, Larchmont will celebrate its 125th birthday. The fun will last all year long, through to September 2016. Events are still being planned, but already include:
- A Larchmont Mayor’s Proclamation and Birthday Cake in September 2015 to kick-off the event.
- A Larchmont Street Festival, Arts Festival, and circus performance on September 26, 2015
- A Time Capsule that will be opened in 2041, on Larchmont’s 150th anniversary.
- A wonderful, 1890’s Gala Ball, to be held in September 2016.
You can learn more about the start of the 125th festivities here at Larchmont125.org: http://larchmonthistory.org/2015/01/celebrate-larchmonts-125th-1891-2016/
A Few Facts About Larchmont
Larchmont has a long history. It was originally discovered by the Dutch in 1614. A merchant from England, John Richbell, traded with the Siwanoy for the land that is known as the Town of Mamaroneck in 1661.
In 1697, Samuel Palmer was elected as the Town’s first supervisor. By 1722 the Palmer family got full title to the land which included the Village of Larchmont.
The oldest Larchmont home is the “Manor House” located on Elm Avenue. It was built in 1797 by Peter Jay Munro. Wondering how Larchmont got its name? Peter Jay Munro lived in a home which faced the Boston Post Road (Route 1). During the summer, a lot of dust came up from the roads. His gardener imported larch trees, a Scottish species. They were known for being quick growing trees and were planted right in front of the property. This is how Larchmont came to have its name, after these fast growing trees!
The United States Census reports that Village of Larchmont is 1.1 square miles. According to the 2000 United States Census, 6,485 people lived in 2,418 households in the Village of Larchmont.
Larchmont is known for terrific shopping, delicious restaurants and luxury spa and salon services. There is a movie theatre in downtown Larchmont.