Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, New York

Mount Pleasant is a town located in central Westchester County, New York, and is approximately thirty miles north of New York City. It is bounded by the Towns of New Castle and Ossining on the north side, by the Town of Greenburgh on the south side, by Kensico Reservoir and the Town of North Castle on the east side, and by the Hudson River on the west side. The villages of Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow, and a small portion of Briarcliff Manor are all incorporated within the town's boundaries. While Mount Pleasant does not receive much media attention, this town's stunning landscape and alluring attractions make it spotlight-worthy.

Geography And Climate Of Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is composed of gently rolling hills with large areas of open land, including parks and watershed protection grounds. Pocantico River and Pocantico Lake traverse the town from north to south and empty into the Hudson River at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. Kensico Reservoir is the town's largest water body forming a boundary with the Town of North Castle on the east.

The year's hottest months extend from late May to mid-September, with average daily temperatures above 77°F. The hottest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 86°F.

On the other hand, the coldest months of the year extend from early December to early March, with average daily temperatures going below 48°F. Generally, January is the coldest month of the year in Mount Pleasant, with an average low of 26°F and an average high of 39°F, but it is also the month with the least rainfall. It is noteworthy to mention here that rain is not restricted to specific seasons as it falls all year round in Mount Pleasant. Finally, the snowy season begins in mid-November and ends around early April, with February recording the most snowfall. 

Brief History Of Mount Pleasant

In 1788, Mount Pleasant was officially declared a town and included the town of Ossining. However, Ossining was separated from Mount Pleasant in 1845.

View of the foundations of the Rockwood Hall estate, the Gilded Age residence of William Rockefeller in Mount Pleasant. Editorial credit: quiggyt4 /

Currently, Mount Pleasant is a town within Westchester County in New York, containing a mix of residential and commercial areas. Most residents either work in the county or commute to New York City. Several global companies chose Mount Pleasant as the location to open their head offices. For example, PepsiCo situated its global headquarters for beverage research and development in the town. Furthermore, the Rockefeller family has its estate holdings based in Mount Pleasant.

Demographics And Economy Of Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is the 40th most populated town in the state of New York, with 44,888 residents having a median age of 40.4 years. Two ethnic groups constitute the largest portion of the population as 67.3% of the residents are White, and 20.1% are Hispanic.

A 2020 census showed that the median annual household income in Mount Pleasant was $125,090 and that the average annual resident income was $49,146. These numbers are considerably higher than the US median annual household income of $53,482 and the US average annual resident income of $28,555. Nevertheless, 3.2% of Mount Pleasant families live in poverty.

Attractions In Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is home to an impressive selection of attractions and experiences making it well worth a visit.

Visit the great outdoors at Rockefeller State Park Preserve: Enjoy a lovely afternoon walk along the preserve's trails, venture on a paddle boating trip, and keep an eye out for the 202 different bird species that call Rockefeller home. Be careful, though! If you go in, there is a chance you might not leave. The enchanting beauty of the tunnels, creeks, bridges, and waterfalls might keep you from ever wanting to depart this heavenly preserve.

Mount Pleasant
Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Mount Pleasant.

Embrace the beauty of nature at Untermyer Gardens Conservancy: Located on the banks of the Hudson River, these gardens are such a delight to behold. The conservancy welcomes visitors with open arms from the moment they arrive, literally. Visitors are greeted by friendly staff once they enter its large front gates and are given an overview of the gardens.

Perhaps a suitable name for the conservancy is "Instagram Heaven." There are endless opportunities to take scenic photos and videos throughout the garden. Reaching the Hudson River requires a downhill walk, but the view is worth every drop of sweat. 

Tourists usually visit the Temple of Love within the conservancy. While no words give the beauty of this temple its right justice, the least that can be said is that visitors are sure to have memorable experiences in this serene spot.

Take a stroll through Kensico Dam: Interesting, historical, and free. These three words best describe the dam. New York residents probably said it best when they revealed that they didn't realize this treasure was so close to home.

Mount Pleasant does not receive much publicity, and it doesn't seem to need the media buzz. This town's exclusive attractions continue to give residents and visitors the experiences of a lifetime, causing them to dote on the adventures they've encountered. Mount Pleasant is always waiting for visitors to tap into its divine locations to unlock journeys they certainly will not have anywhere else.

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