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Mount Pleasant

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The Town of Mount Pleasant is located in central Westchester County, New York approximately thirty miles north of New York City. It is bounded on the north by the Towns of New Castle and Ossining, on the south by the Town of Greenburgh, on the east by the Kensico Reservoir and the Town of North Castle and on the west by the Hudson River. Within its boundaries lie the incorporated villages of Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow, and a small portion of Briarcliff Manor. The remaining area of the Town is unincorporated and includes the hamlets of Hawthorne, Thornwood, Valhalla and Pocantico Hills.

The topography of the Town is one of gently rolling hills with large areas of open land including State, County and local parks, watershed protection lands and several cemeteries. The Pocantico River and Pocantico Lake traverse the Town from north to south where they empty into the Hudson River at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The Town's largest body of water is the Kensico Reservoir which is located in the eastern portion of the town and forms the boundary between Mount Pleasant on the west and North Castle on the east.

Mount Pleasant was originally part of the Manor of Philipseburgh. With the confiscation and sale of Frederick Philipse's property after the American Revolution, the Manor was broken up. Mount Pleasant was incorporated as a town in 1788, at which time it included the present-day town of Ossining, which separated from Mount Pleasant in 1845. Old Kensico was originally known as Wright Mills. When the Kensico Reservoir was built, it flooded the valley in which part of the town stood. The inhabitants moved up the hill or outside the walls of the dam and the name of the town was changed to Valhalla.

There are two major medical facilities, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow. New York Medical College is located at Westchester Medical Center and Pace University's Pleasantville campus is located on Bedford Road.

For more information, visit www.mtpleasantny.com

Restaurants

 
  • Abis, 14 Marbel Ave.,Thornwood,  (914) 741-5100
  • Applebee’s Grill & Bar, 20 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, (914) 345-1555
  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, (914) 366-9600
  • Casa Rina of Thornwood, 86 Commerce St., Thornwood, (914) 769-4515
  • D Thai Kitchen, 677 Commerce St., Thornwood, (914) 741-1313
  • Gordo’s Restaurant, 415 Commerce St., Hawthorne, (914) 769-9760
  • Hunan Ritz, 636 Columbus Avenue, Thornwood, (914) 747-0701
  • Italia Pizzeria 1012 Broadway Center, Thornwood, (914) 741-9111
  • Johnny’s Bar & Grill, 665 Commerce St., Thornwood, (914) 773-5982
  • License 2 Grill, 802 Commerce St., Thornwood, (914) 747-0009
  • Loue and Johnnies cheese Steaks and Clam Bar, 501 Marble Ave, Thornwood, (914) 741-1111
  • Mexicali, 15 Commerce St., Hawthorne, (914) 769-3725
  • Risotto, 788 Commerce St., Thornwood, (914) 769-1478
  • Silvio’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 628 Columbus Ave., Thornwood, (914) 769-6077
  • So Dam Hot, 10 Broadway, Valhalla, (914) 328-6051
  • Swaddee House of Thai Food, 886 Franklin Ave., Thornwood, (914) 769-8007
  • Tramonto’s Restaurant, 27 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, (914) 347-8220
  • Thornwood Ale House, 851 Franklin Ave., Thornwood, (914) 747-3111
  • Thornwood Pizza and Pasta, 808 Commerce St., Thornwood, (914) 741-0707
  • Valhalla Crossing, 2 Cleveland St., Valhalla, (914) 682-4067
  • Victor’s Restaurant, 500 Commerce St., Hawthorne, (914) 769-1817

 

Attractions

Medal of Honor Monument and Display: A monument and display of medals honoring New York State recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award bestowed upon a soldier serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for valor in action against an enemy. Mount Pleasant Town Hall, One Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla. Kensico Dam Plaza: This 98-acre park located at the base of the Kensico Dam provides a unique setting for a wide variety of activities including ethnic celebrations, concerts, antiques shows and arts and craft shows, as well as areas for picnicking, in-line skating, walking and nature study. Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. (914) 328-1542 Union Church of Pocantico Hills: One colorful stained glass window created by Henri Matisse and nine others by Marc Chagall grace this small country church. Self-guided or guided tours are available. 555 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills. (914) 631-8200.

Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate: This Hudson Valley landmark is known for its architecture, gardens, history, art collection and spectacular scenery. The six-story stone house was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. A choice of several tour options allows visitors to tailor visits according to their interests. (914) 631-8200.

Shopping

  • Rose Hill Shopping Center, 660 Columbus Avenue, Thornwood Town Center

Recreation

Hardscrabble Wilderness Area, Briarcliff Situated on 235 sprawling acres in central Westchester County, Hardscrabble Wilderness Area is a popular hiking destination for local dog owners. Developed and managed by the town of Mount Pleasant, Hardscrabble offers rolling hills, babbling brooks, a small pond, and a moderately challenging hike.

Lodging

Quality Comfort Inn
20 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Hawthorne, (914) 592-8600

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