Mohegan Lake Legal Defense Fund

History of this site

This site was originally set up to fight 3 of 5 zoning variances proposed by the FBC development at Sagamore Trail and Mohegan Ave that eliminates two single family homes while nearly quadrupling the parking and occupancy loads of the old Lakeland Jewish Center. That effort failed and the application is currently before the Planning Board.

While Save Mohegan Lake will continue to update you on that issue, we are moving on to all issues affecting the lake, such as Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) meetings, agenda and budget. This site is not an official mouthpiece for MLID, but some updates will be provided on this site; the official site is located here.

We do it all here, so long as it's Mohegan Lake related. Feel free to submit comments, content, garage sale notices, police blotters, PSA's, essays on the virtues of our 105 acre ice rink, rants, raves, etc... We love it all.


Monday, February 4, 2013

History of Mohegan Lake

Local attorney and former Mohegan Lake resident David Wright's history of the Mohegan Lake area is worth a peek, if you haven't read it.  Next time you are driving up Red Mill Road or  up "Five Mile Turnpike" (AKA Route 6) to Mohegan Lake, you'll have a little more history on your route.


The 1800s saw urbanization proceeding apace in the Mohegan Crompond area. The trains now brought people to the Peekskill station and the Yorktown Heights station (built in 1881). In 1816, "Five Mile Turnpike" was built along what is now Route 6 from Peekskill to Shrub Oak. Prior to 1816, Red Mill Road was the primary route from Peekskill to Mohegan. In 1816, an entrepreneur built the turnpike, and a toll house on East Main Street in Peekskill to save hours off the journey. The turnpike operated for 50 years until 1869, when the route was purchased as a public road. 

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