Situated in the northeast corner of Greenwich where it spills into New York, this small hamlet dates from the late 1600’s and is beloved by those that call it home. The area is named after Samuel Banks, a farmer who settled in the area in 1695. Banks died January 29, 1743 and is buried in Middle Patent Rural Cemetery up the road in Bedford, New York. Descendants of Samuel Banks inhabit Banksville to this day. Steeped in the history of Greenwich, a man named Silas Derby ran a stagecoach that transported backcountry residents to downtown Greenwich until the late 1880s.
Even mail was delivered by stagecoach until late in the 1800s. By the 1980s, the U.S. Post Office decided to modernize its systems, outraging some Banksville residents at the time whose mail was rerouted through Bedford. So tied to the community and their Greenwich addresses, several spoke out in an article published by the New York Times.
At the time, a woman named Marion Barker, whose roots here extended 70 years, told the times she considered her Greenwich address a tradition.
”I hated to part with it. So even though I am now working in Bedford, I’ve rented a post office box in Greenwich,” she said. “I get over there whenever I can. If I can’t lick the system, I’m determined it’s not going to lick me. My address is and remains Greenwich.”
More than 40 years later, the residents of Banksville, Greenwich, and Banksville, Bedford, seem to have forgotten the scuffle of the postal addresses, and live in harmony in the quaint backcountry community.
Those who live off the winding roads of backcountry Greenwich today have come to rely on the staple businesses that spring forth like an oasis on North Street. Though it’s 10 miles from the bustle of downtown Greenwich, there’s plenty to do in a small business district that includes a bakery, pizza shop and small grocery story.
Our personal favorites in the small shopping center include Happiness Is, which offers homemade case goods and a full catering business; Finch’s Country Store for an old fashioned egg and bacon breakfast with fresh donuts and La Cremaillere for lunch or dinner.
For socializing or activity, enjoy the nearby Grand Slam Tennis Center or ride at one of the nearby barns in Greenwich or Bedford.
The low-key, small-town environment in Banksville is also something that charms residents and visitors alike. Silas Derby may not be ferrying commuters by stage coach to the Greenwich railroad station, as he did in the late 1800s, but Banksville has retained its charm.
A charming, upscale French restaurant just over the border in Bedford, New York, La Cremaillere is known for its award winning food and wine, and was a pioneer in the Farm to Table movement.
Tuesday through Saturday 6-9 p.m.
Sunday 1- 8 p.m. with a Prix Fixe Lunch Menu from 1-3 p.m., as well as the à la carte Dinner Menu
Thursday through Saturday 12- 2:30 p.m.
46 Bedford-Banksville Road
Bedford, New York
Happiness Is backcountry market and cafe
Happiness Is is a little bit of everything. First and foremost, it’s a catering and event planning company, but it’s also a gourmet take-out restaurant, a walk-in bakery and lunch spot, and a place where fresh brownies are the happiness you can send in a box.
Cafe and Market Hours
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Sunday: 7am – 3pm
Catering office hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Grand Slam Tennis Club
Grand Slam Tennis Club features 5 beautiful, well-maintained indoor courts, 5 outdoor courts Har-Tru (soft) courts and 3 indoor Har-Tru courts for the winter season. The clubhouse features spacious locker rooms, an observation lounge and a pro shop. Grand Slam Tennis Club is one of two facilities owned by tennis legend Ivan Lendl, and features Ivan’s Hitting Hot Teaching System.
Banksville Community House
The Banksville Community House, Inc., founded in 1937 inside Finch’s Country Store, is a non-profit community organization serving children, families, and adults in the Greenwich, North Castle, and North Stamford communities. It sits on 10 lovely acres, 4 acres of which are conservation land. There are a variety of programs running throughout the year, as well as a summer camp program. During the year, the Board of Directors plans activities geared to the interests and needs of the community.