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Discovering the History of Old Westbury, NY

The personal injury lawyers in Old Westbury, NY, at Banville Law, have sponsored the following on the village's history.

Old Westbury

The village of Old Westbury is located in the central region of Nassau County in the state of New York. It lies within both the Town of North Hempstead and the Town of Oyster Bay. The community spans 5,484.8 acres and sits at an elevation of 164 feet. The nearest communities include East Hills, Brookville, Greenvale, Jericho, Bethpage, and Hicksville. 


Edmond Titus is credited with founding the community. He was quickly joined by one of the first settlers from England, Henry Willis. Together they established a predominantly Quaker community covered in farms. However, this all changed after the railroad was introduced in 1836.
The flat countryside lured the wealthy into the area after the Civil War. They found the wooded area perfect for raising horses and playing polo at the Meadow Brook Polo Club.

The Meadow Brook Polo Club was established in 1881 and is the oldest operating club in the country. Initally, the club was played on the Mineola Fairground racetrack. When it opened its own establishment in 1884, it was located in Westbury. However, it moved to its current location and even hosted the U.S. Open in both 1994 and 1995. 


The former estate of John Shaffer Phipps was converted into the Old Westbury Gardens museum in 1959. Construction had started on the estate in 1903 as a promise of Phipps to his fiance, Margarita Grace, to resemble her residence in East Sussex, England. Three years later, the house was completed. The grounds have been voted by Four Seasons Hotels magazine as one of the top three best public gardens nationwide. 

The property has been the backdrop in many movies, such as:

  • Love Story
  • Cruel Intentions
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Hitch
  • Gossip Girl


Depending on the area of the village, students might attend schools from the following districts:

  • East Williston Union Free School District
  • Jericho Union Free School District
  • Roslyn Union Free School District
  • Westbury Union Free School District

The community is home to two colleges:

  • New York Institute of Technology - located on Northern Boulevard
  • SUNY Old Westbury - located on Store Hill Road


The village had a population of 4,228 people in 2010, which made up the 1,063 households and 967 families. The breakdown of the racial demographics was the following:

  • 73.19% white
  • 4.24% African American
  • 17.14% Hispanic
  • 0.02% Native American
  • 7.52% Asian
  • 3.67% other race
  • 2.37% two or more races

In 2010 the median income was $163,046 per household within the village, and for a family, it was $184,298. Some professions held frequently by the working population included:

  • 17.3% Sales and Related
  • 16.0% Healthcare
  • 15.7% Management
  • 12.7% Administrative
  • 5.7% Personal Care
  • 4.4% Food Service

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: August 12, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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