So where is Valhalla, New York?Valhalla, New York is…
It is often assumed that the hamlet was named Vahlhalla after the Norse hall of slain warriors because of the nearly 1000 acres set aside for cemeteries in the area. History records, however, that the local post office took this name in 1861, much earlier than 1889 when the Kensico cemetery first opened. Later, in 1904, the railroad station adopted the name. Local historians report that the wife of the first postmaster, Andrew J. Kirch, was a Wagner opera fan, in which Valhalla and the Norse warriors play prominent roles.
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Lederer, R.M. (1978). The Place-names of Westchester County, New York. Harrison, NY: Harbor Hill Books.
Updated by C.Yankou 8/24/04
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