Waccabuc, N.Y.

Waccabuc is a hamlet and lake in the town of LewisboroWestchester CountyNew York. Lake Waccabuc is known by many outside of the town for its Castle Rock.

Waccabuc is considered “New York’s Secret Suburb” and is home to a “collection of privacy-loving C.E.O.’s and bright stars in other firmaments,” according to an Upstart Business Journal article about the tremendous number of notable residents in a hamlet of just a few hundred people.

Before becoming its own hamlet, Waccabuc was originally a vacation retreat established by the Mead family, who are considered one of the First Families of Westchester. A couple of the hamlet’s handful of roads, such as “Tarry-a-Bit,” are named after the vacation house they originally served Waccabuc Country Club’s main clubhouse sits at the site of one of the original vacation houses.

On July 1, 1956, Marilyn Monroe wed Arthur Miller in a Jewish ceremony at a private house in Waccabuc. Their nuptials were celebrated at the home of Miller’s literary agentKay Brown. Some 30 friends and relatives attended the hastily arranged party.

The Mead Memorial Chapel and The Homestead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the town itself is currently, as of March 2015, pending designation as a historic district.

The total population of Waccabuc is just 445 people. Waccabuc is by far the smallest of Lewisboro’s four hamlets and the hamlet’s strict zoning laws ensure that Waccabuc maintains a low population density not seen in any of the other hamlets. These factors combine to separate Waccabuc from the other hamlets of Lewisboro and project an image of exclusivity.

Waccabuc is set apart from the other hamlets of Lewisboro, as well as most other towns in Westchester, in that all property must be on a minimum of two acres of land and, on most streets, the property minimum increases to four acres of land. To further maintain the beauty of Waccabuc a 100 acre piece of land was bought by all residents of Waccabuc through the Waccabuc Land Owner’s Association for conservation purposes as well as to provide hiking trails.