Office of the Mayor
Welcome to the Village of Dobbs Ferry's website!
Whether you are a resident, a current or potential business owner, or you are thinking about visiting us (or living here!), we hope you find this website to be helpful. Please take some time to navigate the site and learn about the village – and please give us your feedback.
As the Mayor, it is not hard for me to say that Dobbs Ferry is a special place ... because it is true. While we are located close to the greatest metropolitan city in the world, the village has the charm and quaintness of an historic 'Rivertown'. We also have a rich diversity of residents who volunteer and work together giving their time to make Dobbs Ferry an even better place to live and visit. We welcome visitors to come and enjoy our village, or if you might consider it as a potential place to call home.
Geographically, the village is located along the eastern shore of the Hudson River, about 20 miles north of New York City . From our waterfront areas to the hills that slope to the east above, the area offers the spectacular views of the lower Hudson River Valley; with the cliffs of the palisades as backdrop to the west, the sunset views year-around are sometimes breathtaking. With its own Train Station House and stop on the Metro North Hudson River train line, Dobbs Ferry resident commuters enjoy the most relaxing river-view express service straight into Manhattan 's mid-town at Grand Central Station (35-40 minutes). Travel by car is also convenient with an exit on the Saw Mill River Parkway, allowing easy access for all routes into New York City, or all points north and west including the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges.
Historically, Dobbs Ferry has played an important part in America's past. The village actually got its name from a river ferry service that was established by John Dobbs and operated from 1698-1759. The service ran from a spot that is today called Willow Point on the Dobbs Ferry side of the river across to Sneden's Landing on the western side. In August of 1781 – in the 7th year of the American Revolution War - Continental Army troops led by General George Washington were encamped in Dobbs Ferry and neighboring localities. Washington 's decision to divert these troops on a long march to Virginia led to the engagement at Yorktown of the large British forces of General Cornwallis; a long siege that ended in defeat for the British, and was the final decisive military event in the Revolutionary War. The famous Meade House is now home to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, just off the old aqueduct walking and biking trail that runs through the heart of the village, and connecting the Rivertowns together. Estherwood Estate, where Teddy Roosevelt grew up as a kid in the 1870s, and the Little White Cemetery (1810) are just a few of the other examples of the historical attractions to experience in Dobbs Ferry.
Today, Dobbs Ferry has a population of approximately 11,000 with about 3700 households. We have one of the most highly recognized Public School Districts in the Country; starting with the Springhurst Elementary School, through the Dobbs Ferry Middle School and High School; offering the highest quality education designed to empower all levels of students; with small class sizes, a full IB diploma program, and a history of pride and success on the sports fields, Dobbs Ferry's children get an educational experience that is 2nd to none.
Dobbs Ferry is home to the Masters School , a private coed day and boarding school (5-12) famous for its rigorous college preparatory curriculum and situated on a majestic 96-acre campus. We are also a college town with the main campus of Mercy College and its library of over 215,000 volumes within our borders overlooking the Hudson River.; as a community, we are also proud to have Children's Village and St. Chris.
We have great businesses and shops to visit, and the village is famous for its diverse selection of fine dining establishments. Whether you want to sip on a refreshment along the Hudson River in the most spectacular setting (with the Palisades and the Manhattan skyline to the south in your view), or sample the best Sushi in Westchester County, or sit along the sidewalks downtown enjoying the best Italian, or Indian, or Greek, or Mexican, or American (did we forget anything) cuisine anywhere ... you will have a truly great experience in Dobbs Ferry.
Thank you for visiting our website ... please give us your feedback ... and please come and enjoy our village of Dobbs Ferry in person!
- Category: Office of the Mayor
- Published on 17 April 2015