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Somers

The town of Somers, NY, is known as being the "cradle of the American Circus" stemming from Hachaliah Bailey's purchase of "Old Bet", an African elephant, for use on his farm. She attracted so much attention that Bailey began touring "Old Bet" through the Northeast. She died in 1827 while on one of these tours. Bailey later erected the "Elephant Hotel" in her honor and in 1927 it was purchased by the town. Today it operates as the Town House of Somers, with town offices and museum in the heart of the charming historic district. It is both a town and National Historic landmark. The elephant remains the Somers town symbol.


The town of Somers has a relatively small population spread over a large area, which adds to its reputation as one of the county's more rural locales. Open farmland is visible in almost any direction in this largely residential area, and lakes and ponds dot the landscape. The town isn't all farmland; the corporate campuses of IBM and PepsiCo are located here and have encouraged a great deal of the town's growth since they arrived in the 1980s and `90s. Somers connects with New York City via the Metro-North Commuter Railroad, and Route 684 makes the drive to Manhattan under an hour.


Property taxes tend to be on the lower side. Historic homes as well as modern ranches, apartments and condos can all be found in Somers, including Heritage Hills, a 2,600-unit condominium complex with a significant retired population and top amenities to support an active lifestyle without the hassle of home and land maintenance. Most of the town's 33 square miles lie within the Croton Watershed, part of the New York City reservoir system. As can be imagined, Somers and its surrounding landscape are a dream come true for lovers of the outdoor life. The choices for hiking, bird watching, fishing, boating, skiing, skating, and other sports are nearly endless in lake communities like Lake Purdys, Shenorock and Lincolndale and town and county-owned parks like Reis, Muscoot, Koegel and Lasdon Parks and the recently acquired Angle Fly.


With New York City and Long Island Sound to the south, Putnam County on the north and Connecticut to the east, Westchester County holds the distinction of being the world's first large-scale suburb. Major interstate highways constructed during the 1950s and `60s and the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge encouraged major corporations to build their headquarters here. A sweet spot for commuters traveling by car or by the Metro-North Commuter Railroad, today's Westchester is one of the nation's most affluent counties and the location of many of New York City's most desirable suburban communities.

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