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Mamaroneck Library Displays Early American Artifacts

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Susan Benton admired the cabinet in the Mamaroneck Library's Historical Room holding artifacts from Heathcote Hill, which is the first display to be exhibited since the library's reopening.

Benton, library director, wasn't able to display anything in the library's temporary locations over the past two years, and said she was happy to see the Mamaroneck Historical Society's "Under Our Feet" display ready for the public eye.

The artifacts, uncovered from local private landowners by the Mamaroneck Historical Society over the last decade, are held in a cabinet specifically designed for them to be viewed by the public.

"This is theirs to do with what they like," Bennet said of the Mamaroneck Historical Society.

Heathcote Hill House was built by Caleb Heathcote, who was Lord of the Manor of Scarsdale, which used to encompass Mamaroneck, Benton said.

The exhibit includes several everyday items from Heathcote Hill from the 17th to 19th centuries. Among them are a collection of coat, shirt and cuff buttons ca. 1750-1850, an 18th century clay pipe, shoe buckle, horse bit and jackknife.

The household items give you a glimpse into the life of old Mamaroneck, Benton said. The display is complimented by a mural of Heathcote being sworn in as Mayor of New York City in 1711. Heathcote, who arrived in New York in 1692, was also the mayor of the borough of Westchester.

His descendants, who were brought up in Heathcote Hill, will share what life was like in Heathcote's time on Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at the library.

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