The Junior League of Central Westchester Renews Its Lease on Historic Wayside Cottage
The League’s new lease runs through 2028
The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) has recently renewed its lease of historic Wayside Cottage located on Post Road in Scarsdale. The JLCW, which is headquartered at the cottage, uses the space in a variety of ways which both positively impact and benefit the local community.
In addition to acting as the home of the JLCW, the cottage serves many functions in the community. Tours of the cottage are given to schoolchildren, who learn about colonial living from JLCW guides dressed in period clothing. In 2012, the JLCW hosted a Holiday Open House, which welcomed visitors to tour the cottage while enjoying authentic colonial décor. The JLCW holds all membership meetings at the cottage and invites women who are interested in joining the League to recruiting coffees located at the cottage. The cottage is also available for rent to community groups.
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites, Wayside Cottage is believed to date from 1715 and has evolved over the years from a one-room farmhouse, to an inn, tavern and post office. In 1853, it became part of the Butler Family’s country estate. In 1919, it was deeded to the Village of Scarsdale to create an historical park, to preserve the cottage and to provide a center for civic use. The JLCW has been the loyal custodian of Wayside Cottage since 1953. In 2007, with funding from New York State, Westchester County and The Village of Scarsdale, a yearlong, total exterior restoration of the building began.
“Wayside Cottage is an important historical site in the Village. Our long-term arrangement with the Junior League has provided for its preservation while allowing it to function as a Community resource and as headquarters for the great work of the League. The Village looks forward to the continued relationship,” said Robert Steves, Mayor of Scarsdale.
“The JLCW is honored to continue the tradition of presiding over Wayside Cottage. Its rich history in the local community spans generations. We are committed to the restoration of this special building and look forward to sharing its importance with the community for many years to come,” said Julie King, President of the Junior League of Central Westchester.
The JLCW’s programs promote health and literacy, provide food and necessities to the underprivileged, empower low-income families, help preserve community history and train effective community volunteers.
About The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW)
The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Headquartered at historic Wayside Cottage, the JLCW has served the communities of Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains for over 65 years. Our approximately 250 active and sustaining members are accomplished collaborators who identify community needs and develop effective and responsive programs to serve those needs. The JLCW invites women of all races, religions and national origins who are committed to volunteerism to become a member. (Additional Information at www.jlcentralwestchester.org)