The village eventually outgrew this name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868.
This struggle over the ownership of Sawpit continued for almost 105 years.
In 1788, the Legislature of New York ruled that Sawpit was a part of the town of Rye in New York.
Travel was considered dangerous in the early years of Sawpit as good roads were hard to find.
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The village name is pronounced with the same syllable stress pattern as that of the county which contains it, i.e., "PORT ches-ter", not "Port CHES-ter".
Port Chester is one of only 12 villages in New York still incorporated under a charter; the other villages either incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.
The Bush-Lyon Homestead, Capitol Theater, Life Savers Building, Putnam and Mellor Engine and Hose Company Firehouse, St.
Peter's Episcopal Church, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1660, three settlers from Greenwidge (now Greenwich, Connecticut), Thomas Studwell, John Coe, and Peter Disbrow, arranged to buy Manursing Island and the land near the Byram River from the Mohegan Indians. The village was originally known as Saw Pit for the saw pits which were in use during the time.
Logs were cut in holes in the ground for wood to be used for shipbuilding.
The name of Sawpit was used for the first time in 1732.