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Thirty-one miles north of Grand Central Terminal, and right in the middle of Westchester County, sits Pleasantville, New York. A tiny, 1.8 square mile village of just more than 7,000 people, Pleasantville is at the center of both Westchester culture and U.S. history.
Settled by Dutch colonist Frederick Philipse as part of his wide-reaching Manor, and tended, with cooperation of the Iroquois, by French Huguenot Isaac See in 1695, this area brought furs and crops to trade with New York City.
During the American Revolution, it was here that colonial troops intercepted British Major John André as he carried information from Benedict Arnold at West Point to British troops in New York City. According to numerous sources, his capture was cited as key to the colonists’ ultimate victory.
Later, during the Civil War, Pleasantville shoemakers shod the Union army, and Pleasantville houses served as stops along the Underground Railroad.
Today, our village, where Reader’s Digest began, and where the first and only royal wedding on American soil was held, draws thousands of people from all over the county—and the country—for its fascinating arts and culture.
On our eastern edge is Usonia Homes, a neighborhood created by Frank Lloyd Wright and his students in 1948. With their modernist, open-plan style, these 50 highly sought-after homes are a living monument to an architectural master.
On our western edge is the Pleasantville campus of Pace University, former training camp for the New York (Football) Giants and home to a prestigious Environmental Center and McGuire Museum.
To our west, the beautiful Rockefeller State Park, bestowed to New York by the billionaire philanthropist in exchange for the promise to preserve its natural beauty.
And in the center, some of the jewels of Westchester life. The Jacob Burns Film Center, the preeminent independent, documentary, and foreign film house, plays host to countless film luminaries, whom you can see on any given night conducting Q&As about their films with the likes of Janet Maslin and Jonathan Demme.
The Pleasantville Music Festival, staged every year on Parkway Field in conjunction with 107.1 the Peak, brings thousands of people from around the area to see top national, local, and up-and-coming acts. And nearly every other day, live music plays in multiple venues right in the center of the village.
If literature is what you’re after, this former home to Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett is where countless best-selling authors choose to reside, including members of the Marmaduke Writing Factory, which Westchester Magazine says is the county's best new professional writers group. Plus, we've got more than our fair share of actors, filmmakers, playwrights, humorists, designers, athletes, economists, musicians, and puzzlemasters.
Thinking of living in Pleasantville? Our walking village is as pleasant as the name. Parades down Bedford Road, past the historic 1786 Marmaduke Forster House, and onto Memorial Plaza where the oldest continuous firefighter’s band in the state plays. An annual high school musical that gets the entire community either participating or attending. A community television station that serves the entire area. A sense of volunteerism unmatched anywhere. Schools ranked among the top in the state and in the country. And of course, a vibrant Farmers Market that’s worth the trip, wherever you start your journey.
According to Chandler Burr of GQ, Pleasantville is among the “Top Ten Best Smelling Cities in the World.” His tongue may have been in cheek when he wrote it, and he may have used us as a metaphor, but we don’t mind. After all, with a name like Pleasantville, it kind of comes with the territory.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Dennis J. Corcoran's Pleasantville—300 Years: From Manor to Suburb, 1695-1995. Village of Pleasantville, publisher, 1995. Additional information comes from first-hand knowledge, sources cited within this page, and from multiple scholarly sources cited on Wikipedia.