Anyone visiting greater Yorktown will immediately recognize the prevalence of Native American words used to designate streets and places throughout the town. These are reminders of the tribes that lived off of Westchester County land hundreds of years ago. Research in the Yorktown area has uncovered evidence of several Native American sites, most related to the Mohegans of the Algonquin nation.
One can learn more about the Native American history of Yorktown and Yorktown Heights with a visit to the Yorktown Museum. The museum features a recreated Mohegan settlement and exhibits about 18th century farm life and The Old Put Railroad. The Old Put ran through Yorktown for nearly 90 years and is a topic of conversation among long-time residents and local history enthusiasts.
There are significant recreational opportunities available for the residents of Yorktown Heights at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park. The site is known for its water facilities; Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond are used for freshwater fishing and boating, while an enormous pool gives swimmers a place to cool off in the summer. Biking, hiking and picnicking are also popular. In the colder months, the park is populated with ice skaters, cross country skiers and ice fisherman.
The climate of Yorktown Heights is brisk, but not extreme. Rainfall occurs relatively evenly throughout the year, at a rate of about four inches monthly. Total annual precipitation is about 50 inches. Snowfall is common in January and February when temperatures drop to the high-teens and low-20s. The warmest days occur in July and August, when temperatures reach the low-80s.
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