Somers can rightly be called the birthplace of the American circus. By 1835 when 80 menagerie owners met in Hachaliah Bailey’s ”Elephant Hotel,” now the town hall, to form their own organization, Bailey had already established himself as a successful circus impresario (think Barnum & Bailey). Somer’s municipal symbol remains “Old Bet,” Bailey’s first elephant, but the town has evolved from its early circus days. Despite Somers tranquil, what many would call rural vibe, it is home to major corporate outposts of IBM and Pepsico.
- Somers is approximately a 75 minute train ride via Metro North’s Harlem Line to Grand Central Station. Somers residents most frequently use the station at Goldens Bridge.
- Using I-684, which connects to the Hutchinson Parkway, or the Saw Mill River Parkway, drivers can make it to New York City in about an hour.
Somers offers numerous opportunities for hiking, biking and other activities. The town also sponsors summer day camps as well as a senior center for older residents. Nearby Muscoot Farm, a preserved and restored farm, shows visitors what Westchester farm life was like, circa 1880-1930. The farm offers seasonal activities, a weekend farmers market, exhibits and animals. Other town and county-owned parks such as Reis, Muscoot, Koegel and Lasdon Parks provide recreational opportunities for residents, as well as the recently acquired 654 acre Angle Fly Preserve.
Somers Real Estate
According to Zillow, the median home value in Somers Town is $563,500. Somers Town home values have declined -3.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -1.2% within the next year. The median rent price in Somers Town is $2,400, which is lower than the New York Metro median of $2,500. Levitt-Fuirst provides homeowners insurance for properties in Somers (As of June, 2015).
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors: The Somers Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides funding for both student and faculty initiated projects that help to enrich the educational experience of the Somers community. PattyCass is a local academic scholarship funded founded in memory of Somers resident Patrick Cassabona, Jr. It provides academic aid to graduating Somers seniors. The Somers Land Trust (SLT) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving open space in the town of Somers, NY.
- Local History: Somers’ rich history is chronicled and kept alive by the Somers Historical Society.
- Muscoot Farmers’ Market: The Muscoot Farmers’ Market takes place every Sunday from 10am-3pm. Local farmers and artisanal food producers sell fresh produce and goods to the community while providing a community forum (including live music!). Rain or Shine, May-October.
- Local Media: Your Somers; Yorktown-Somers Patch; Somers Daily Voice
- Town Resources: Town of Somers Webpage; Somers Business Directory
- Somers Chamber of Commerce: http://www.somerschamber.com/