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Somers, NY

The town of Somers, NY is located in northern Westchester County.  It is the home to approximately 20,000 residents.  The town is a convenient to employment hubs such as White Plains, and Manhattan, being situated adjacent to I-684 and Metro North Rail Road.  Although Somers may be primarily a bedroom community and commuter town, its history and outdoor spaces make Somers a desirable and tranquil place to live. 

The town of Somers includes the hamlets of Heritage Hills, Amawalk, Lincolndale, Purdys, Shenorock, Granite Springs, & Baldwin Place.  Somers offers a complete Parks and Recreation staff that oversee town sports, town camps and clinics, adult programs, pre- and after-school programs, and even a dog park.

Why is Somers’ Town Hall named the Elephant Hotel? 

A Somers farmer and cattle merchant, Mr. Hachaliah Bailey, acquired an Indian elephant around 1805, which he exhibited to the public. Bailey’s success in showing “Old Bet” attracted numerous business partners as well as several competitors from the local area, who also began importing and exhibiting exotic animals.  The resulting “menagerie” industry coincided with the development of the small circus company, originating in the Mid-Atlantic in the 1790’s.  By 1828 these forms of entertainment merged to be today’s travelling circus.  Many of the early 19th century circus and menagerie proprietors came from Somers and its neighboring towns.  Somers thus has claim to the title “Cradle of the American Circus”.

Bailey built the Elephant Hotel in 1825.  The building functioned as an inn, a tea room, and a private residence.  A bank opened there in 1839. An additional wooden structure, extending out the side of the original structure contained a general store, a ballroom and post office, and increased the Hotel’s ability to accommodate guests traveling by stage coach.  The Elephant Hotel was purchased by the Town of Somers in 1927 and presently houses the Town Offices and the Somers Historical Society and museum. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2005.

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