Archville, New York

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Archville, New York
Union Street, the northernmost of Archville's streets
Union Street, the northernmost of Archville's streets
Archville, New York is located in New York
Archville, New York
Location of Archville in New York
Coordinates: 41°07′15.1″N 73°51′37.4″W / 41.120861°N 73.860389°W / 41.120861; -73.860389Coordinates: 41°07′15.1″N 73°51′37.4″W / 41.120861°N 73.860389°W / 41.120861; -73.860389
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
TownMount Pleasant
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)914
GNIS feature ID942540

Archville is a hamlet in Mount Pleasant, New York. The hamlet consists of residences, businesses, and a fire station on Union Street, Arch Hill, and Requa Street, all abutting U.S. Route 9. Directly across Route 9 lies Rockwood Hall, part of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The volunteer Archville Fire Department serves the hamlet and surrounding area, from the Hudson River to Pocantico Lake and from the edge of Briarcliff Manor to the edge of Sleepy Hollow.[1][2]


The original arched bridge over US Route 9 near the eponymous hamlet (July 1920)
Current Route 9 bridge
The only commercial operation in the hamlet. In the background is the replacement bridge.

The community received its first name, Arch Hill, after an arched bridge was built over the present-day U.S. Route 9 in 1839. The bridge carried the Old Croton Aqueduct over the highway until 1924, when the bridge was deemed to be a traffic hazard and was demolished. The aqueduct was then rerouted to flow beneath the highway. In November 1998, long after the aqueduct was shut down, the bridge was replaced as a crossing for aqueduct walkers, bikers, and equestrians over the particularly dangerous section of the highway.[2] The new bridge connects the Rockefeller State Park Preserve with Rockwood Hall, and was built to resemble the two bridges over Route 117 which the Rockefellers had built.[3]

In 1839, when Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Briarcliff was founded, many of the first parishioners lived in Archville, which was at the time a community of laborers building the Croton Aqueduct.[4]

Fire department[edit]

Archville Fire Department has three chief's cars, two fire engines, and a horse-drawn hand pumper from 1890, which serves as a department antique.

The Archville Fire Company was established in 1907. At the time, residents (including Saint Mary's rector Oakley Baldwin) constructed the first firehouse: a 20-foot tower and shed on the corner of Route 9 and Union St. The first equipment purchased was 30 fourteen-quart galvanized buckets. After a petition to Mount Pleasant's town board, the Archville Fire Department was chartered on November 11, 1909 with Hubert W. Mannerly as the first chief. Donations from neighbors including Frank A. Vanderlip funded a new firehouse on Requa St., and fundraising allowed the department to purchase a used 50-gallon hand-operated and horse-drawn pumper purchased from the Valhalla Fire Department. It was delivered in 1911.[2]

In 1930, after Briarcliff Manor requested that Archville provide fire protection for Briarcliff's hamlet of Scarborough, the Archville department merged with the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD) and was called the Scarborough Fire Company.[5] In 1966, the Mt. Pleasant Fire District built the current firehouse at Union St. and Route 9, designed by local architect Don Reiman.[4] They also purchased a new pumper, replacing Archville's Diamond T engine and making obsolete the company's second truck, owned by Briarcliff and housed at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church's garage.[2]

Around 1971, the Archville-based Scarborough Fire Company stopped responding to Briarcliff fire alarm calls and resisted taking required training courses.[1] Additionally in 1971, Briarcliff's government tried to charge Archville $200 per year ($1,300 per year in 2019[6]) for the four existing hydrants and water supply in the hamlet, which Archville reacted in objection to. Briarcliff Manor contacted the State Controller, who instructed the village that Briarcliff Manor's existing arrangement was not in accordance with any state law. Archville's fire protection district refused to lease the station and equipment from Briarcliff, and thus in 1972 the Briarcliff Board of Trustees terminated the Scarborough Fire Company’s membership in the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department, severed its protection responsibility over Archville, and formed the Scarborough Engine Company with a new truck and firehouse. The Archville Fire Department was reestablished in 1972.[5] Members of the former Scarborough Fire Company could choose to join either department; most Briarcliff Manor members joined the BMFD.



  1. ^ a b "BFD Moving To Split From Scarborough". The Citizen Register. Ossining, New York. March 15, 1971 – via Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society.
  2. ^ a b c d Baker, Michael A. "Where's Archville?". The Archville Fire Department: History and Dedication since 1909. Archville, New York: Archville Fire Department – via Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society.
  3. ^ Middlebrooks, John (Winter 2008–2009). "A Memoir of the Archville Bridge". Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Cheever, Mary (1990). The Changing Landscape: A History of Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough. West Kennebunk, Maine: Phoenix Publishing. p. 216. ISBN 0-914659-49-9. OCLC 22274920.
  5. ^ a b A Century of Volunteer Service: Briarcliff Manor Fire Department 1901–2001. Briarcliff Manor Fire Department. 2001. LCCN 00093475. OCLC 48049424.
  6. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.

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