January 05, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
White Plains, NY: Westchester County is rich in African American History and offers an interesting and compelling way to experience the contributions that people of African descent have made to our unique American identity. Plan a getaway to New York’s “Golden Apple”, just minutes north of New York City, and celebrate Black History.

Explore Westchester’s African American Heritage Trail, a collection of sites, buildings and locations that reflect both the actions and experiences of African Americans in the evolution of the county. Thirteen of the more prominent sites are on the Trail, including Foster Memorial AME Zion Church in Tarrytown, founded in 1860, and which provided food and shelter to fugitive slaves and to this day is a religious and social crossroads for the African American community; Ella Fitzgerald Statue at Yonkers Metro North Railroad Station Plaza, honoring “The First Lady of Song”; the African Cemetery in Rye listed as both a Westchester County Tricentennial and National Historic site.

Many of Westchester’s fine hotels offer special rates throughout the month including The Castle on the Hudson – www.castleonthehudson.com, the Westchester Marriott - www.westchestermarriott.com, Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center – www.tarrytownhouseestate.com and the Renaissance Westchester - www.renaissancewestchester.com .

An outstanding collection of African art may be seen at the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, www.neuberger.org It is strongest in the arts of central Africa however, major objects offer artistic insights into more than 30 cultures and span a geographic area from Mali to Mozambique.

There is a wide variety of restaurants with something for every taste and budget in Westchester County. Explore our dining paradise with choices from every cuisine and nation.