Pound Ridge began as an isolated town where shoe making, dairy farming, and basket making were the main occupations. It is blessed with being located slightly away from main highways, industrial development, and commercial sprawl, and during its first 200 years of settlement, Pound Ridge's isolation was also its greatest asset. In the late 19th century, the town had key local industries that provided employment for its residents, but by the time of the Great Depression, the town's population had dwindled to around 500 residents. During the 1960s, Ye Great Meadow on Long Ridge Road was the alternate site for the United Nations world headquarters. Pound Ridge features rarely seen archival photographs of important events and buildings, as well as maps and historical narrative that span 300 years.