What is the difference between Lewisboro and South Salem?
Photo by Deborah Hayn
In short, Lewisboro is a town, and South Salem a hamlet. The town of Lewisboro, just over Ridgefield’s western border in New York State, contains six hamlets: Cross River, Goldens Bridge, Grant Corner, South Salem, Vista, and Waccabuc, says Lewsiboro town clerk Janet L. Donohue.
Hamlets are small, unincorporated settlements that exist within a larger community or town that tend to have smaller populations. Hamlets are also called census-designated places (CDP), which are defined by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. The town of Lewisboro has governing authority over the six hamlets. Villages, compared to hamlets, have larger populations and have separate local governments.
South Salem has the same zip code (10590) as Lewisboro, but has its own post office. The Horse & Hound Inn (pictured) sits in the hamlet of South Salem—with a small business district along Spring Street—and in the town of Lewisboro. Notable residents have included U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace, photographer O. Winston Link, and pianist Hélène Grimaud.
Meanwhile, some of the other hamlets, Goldens Bridge (10526), Cross River (10518), and Waccabuc (10597), have their own zip codes. Lewisboro was founded in 1731, called Salem and included parts of what today are North Salem.
All of the hamlets fall under the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. Students have access to John Jay High School, which has been ranked by Newsweek as one of the top 200 high schools in the nation.