Mamaroneck is a diverse town in Westchester County, New York, encompassing the two villages of Mamaroneck and Larchmont. With its stretches of Long Island Sound shorefront, the area has become a boater’s paradise featuring an inland harbor and boat building facilities. The six miles of coastline include the desirable neighborhoods of Harbor Lawn and Shore Acres, with their marinas, pools and beaches, as well as Orienta Point, the site of one of famed Hollywood director D.W. Griffith’s film studios. Boating and other water and beach activities are popular for summer recreation, with the waterfront Harbor Island Park also providing plenty of enjoyment for residents with its superb water views and sporting facilities.
Originally occupied by the Siwanoy Indians, Mamaroneck was purchased by Boston merchant John Richbell in 1661, and later made into a town in 1788. The American Indian name for the town roughly means “the place where the sweet waters fall into the sea.” In the 18th and 19th centuries, a small population lived in Mamaroneck, working in farming, lumbering, fishing and milling, and later, manufacturing. The railroad arrived in the mid 19th century, and soon after, the area grew into a sought-after destination for well-to-do New York City residents seeking beautiful summertime retreats. The Town of Mamaroneck was then divided in the 1890s in order to meet demand for new municipal services, becoming the Village of Larchmont and the Village of Mamaroneck, the latter being part of the two towns of Mamaroneck and Rye. Several historic points of interest remain and have been named to the National Register of Historic Places, including the Mamaroneck Methodist Church, Albert E. and Emily Wilson House, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church Complex.
Present-day Mamaroneck is primarily a residential community, served by the Rye Neck Union Free School District and the Mamaroneck Union Free School District. Boston Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue serve as the town’s commercial areas, offering several fine restaurants as well as numerous annual parades. For commuters to Manhattan, the area offers convenient access on the Metro-North railroad.