Geographically, the village is located along the eastern shore of the Hudson River, about 20 miles north of New York City . From the shores of our waterfront areas to the hills that slope to the east above, our land 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 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 Croton Aqueduct walking and biking trail that runs through the heart of the village, and connecting the Rivertowns together; along the trail you will find the recently restored Keepers House, a designated historical landmark and visitor center. Estherwood Estate, where Teddy Roosevelt grew up as a kid in the 1870s, and the Little White Cemetery (1810), re-dedicated in 2014, providing visitors and history buffs a beautiful and quite open space from which to learn and see more of the village’s older past. These are just a few examples of the historical attractions to experience in Dobbs Ferry.
Today, Dobbs Ferry has a population of just over 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 second to none.
Dobbs Ferry is also home to the Masters School, a private coed day and boarding school (Grades 5-12) famous for its rigorous college preparatory curriculum and situated on a majestic 96-acre campus. We are also a college town with Mercy College located within our borders on a beautiful rolling campus overlooking the Hudson River; as a community, we are also proud to have great institutions like Children's Village (1854) and St. Christopher’s (1881), who for over 160 years have provided meaningful support for special needs and underprivileged children.
Dobbs Ferry’s downtown business areas are thriving! We have great businesses and shops to visit, and the village is famous for its diverse selection of fine dining establishments. The completion of a $7 million beautiful new waterfront park adds to making Dobbs Ferry a most compelling place to live and visit. The village is ranked the 2nd Best Small Town in America (Livability, June 2016); in April of 2014 Governor Cuomo announced the New York State Climate Smart Communities Certification Program and recognized the Village of Dobbs Ferry for our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and promote recycling and waste reduction. The Village of Dobbs Ferry is a certified Bronze Climate Smart Community and was one of two communities in the State to receive this highest level of certification to date; we also won ‘Hippest Rivertown’ by popular vote in the LoHud Journal News contest. A balanced and welcoming approach has led to a renaissance of new investment into the community, and the re-furbishing of older historical buildings and properties through-out the village The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times real-estate sections have recently featured the village of Dobbs Ferry as one of the most attractive places to live. Rivertowns Square – a $180 million mixed re-development project which is underway along the Saw Mill River Parkway – will provide added convenience, shopping and entertainment, as well new residential alternatives for the community. Whether you want to sip on a refreshment along the Hudson River in the most spectacular setting (with the Palisades to the west 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.
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