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OG Westchester Weekly Speaker Program

Tuesday, October 18, 2022  11:00am  12:00pm


The Old Guard of Westchester is a not-for-profit organization, with roots that go back to 1954.  Old Guard members are residents of Westchester County and neighboring communities.  We are retired or semi-retired men who had careers such as businessmen, lawyers, doctors, managers, financiers, writers, teachers, and communication specialists.

We meet every Tuesday at the Westchester Society for Ethical Culture building in White Plains to socialize and listen to guest speakers on topics including local, regional and national social issues, economic and political topics, medicine and other science related subjects. Our programs are available to the public in person and via ZOOM Virtual Meetings.  For information regarding attendance at a specific event, and for ZOOM meeting information, please contact us via the following link Program Information

You can find more general information about our organization at following link - Old Guard of Westchester

This Week's Program:      

History of Davids Island


This Week's Speaker:      

Barbara Davis


About the Speaker:          

Co-Director Westchester County Historical Society


Location     Westchester Society for Ethical Culture, 7 Saxon Woods Road, White Plains, NY and via ZOOM Meetings
Extra Info    Davids Island is a 78-acre island off the coast of New Rochelle, NY in Long Island Sound. It has a long and interesting history. Native Americans inhabited the island before Huguenot settlers arrived from Europe in the 1600s. Purchased in the middle of the 19th century by Thaddeus Davids and given his name, it was leased to the US War Department for hospital purposes to treat both Union and Confederate soldiers wounded in the Civil War. In July 1878, Davids Island became a longstanding recruiting and training center for the U.S. Army. It was later renamed Fort Slocum and was converted to a coastal artillery defense post. The island continued to be used by the U.S. Defense Department for recruitment, housing headquarters of the First Air Force, and housing air-defense batteries until it was deactivated in the Mid-1960s. In 1967, New Rochelle purchased Davids Island and various efforts to redevelop the island continue through today.