Joined by state legislators, local lawmakers and Miller House advocates, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced on Thursday, April 26 county plans to refurbish and upgrade the historic Elijah Miller House site in North White Plains.
The house was used during the Revolutionary War by General George Washington as a headquarters command post during the Battle of White Plains.
Before falling into disrepair, the site was used as a public museum.
The nearly $2 million project will provide for repairs as well as construction of a new visitors’ center for students and residents to learn more about the historic site.
Latimer said: “The Elijah Miller House is a piece of history right in our backyard. . . . I am eagerly awaiting the day I can stand in the newly constructed visitors’ center and watch local school children’s faces as they learn of what took place on the ground they are standing on.”
State Assemblyman David Buchwald of White Plains, who helped secure $250,000 of State money for the soon to be constructed educational site, said: “Preserving the Miller House has been a collaborative project and one I’ve been pleased to be a part of. The Miller House restoration work and visitor's center will provide area school children the opportunity to experience hands-on our exciting local history.”
County Attorney John Nonna of Pleasantville said: “This announcement is long overdue, dating back to my time as a Legislator on the County Board when I fought for funding for restoration of the Miller House. It’s a great pleasure to work cooperatively with our colleagues in local government to see this project through to its final stages.”
Town of North Castle Supervisor Michael Schiliro said: “Restoring the Elijah Miller House – Washington Headquarters, will reestablish and support the education and enrichment of children everywhere in defining the significance of the American Revolution in the birth of American Freedom."
Elijah Miller and his two sons, John and Elijah, died in 1776 serving in the Revolutionary War. Widow Ann Miller opened her home to General Washington for one of his headquarters. Several generations of the Miller Family continued to live in the house.
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