Briarcliff Manor () is a suburban village in
Westchester County, New York, around 30 miles (50 km) north of
New York City. It is on 5.9 square miles (15 km2) of land on the east bank of the
Hudson River, geographically shared by the
Mount Pleasant and
Ossining. Briarcliff Manor includes the communities of Scarborough and Chilmark, and is served by the
Scarborough station of the
Hudson Line. A section of the village, including buildings and homes covering 376 acres (152 ha), is part of the
Scarborough Historic District and was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The village motto is "A village between two rivers", reflecting Briarcliff Manor's location between the Hudson and
Pocantico Rivers. Although the Pocantico is the primary boundary between Mount Pleasant and Ossining, since its incorporation the village has spread into Mount Pleasant.
precolonial era, the village's area was inhabited by a band of the
Wappinger tribes of Native Americans. In the early 19th century, the area was known as Whitson's Corners.
Walter William Law moved to the area and purchased lands during the 1890s. Law developed the village, establishing schools, churches, parks, and the
Briarcliff Lodge. Briarcliff Manor was
incorporated as a village in 1902, and celebrated its centennial on November 21, 2002. The village has grown from 331 people when established to 7,867 in the 2010 census. (