Waccabuc, New York
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Waccabuc is a hamlet and lake in the town of Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York. Waccabuc was first established as a vacation home of the locally prominent Mead family and was named for its "Lake Waccabuc".
Waccabuc has a claim to fame. On July 1, 1956, Marilyn Monroe wed Arthur Miller in a Jewish ceremony at a private house in Waccabuc. Their nuptials were celebrated at the home of Miller's literary agent, Kay Brown. Some 30 friends and relatives attended the hastily arranged party.
With a population just over 500 people, Waccabuc is the smallest of Lewisboro's hamlets and the hamlet's strict zoning laws ensure that Waccabuc maintains a low population density not seen in any of the other hamlets. These factors combine to separate Waccabuc from the other hamlets of Lewisboro and project an image of exclusivity.
Over 92% of Waccabuc residents are white. Just over 3% are Asian and 1% African-American. No other ethnicity is represented by more than 1% of the population.
The median household income, as of 2010, is $167,391 and the average household income is $240,258. Waccabuc has a per capita income of $70,236.
With a median home value of over $1,375,000, Waccabuc has the highest median home value of any zip-code in Westchester. Waccabuc's home value is almost double the median for the town of Lewisboro and four times the value of the median of the county overall.
Residential property and conservation
Waccabuc is set apart from the other hamlets of Lewisboro, as well as most other towns in Westchester, in that all property must be on a minimum of two acres of land and, on most streets, the property minimum increases to four acres of land. To further maintain the beauty of Waccabuc a 100 acre piece of land was bought by all residents of Waccabuc through the Waccabuc Land Owner's Association for conservation purposes as well as to provide hiking trails.
A 2005 NYT story on the hamlet captured the social function of the Post Office and the locals' efforts to preserve and maintain it.
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