Pleasant Valley is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 9,672 at the 2010 census. The town is centrally located in the county, northeast of the City of Poughkeepsie. US Route 44 passes through the town.
Settlers began arriving after 1735. The town was part of the Great Nine Partners Patent of 1697, a land grant whose legality was considered highly questionable. Many believed that the "Nine Partners" were holding unfair rule over the region through the use of extortion and threats of violence.
The town was formed in 1821 from part of the Town of Clinton. Its name was chosen to deflect suspicion due to the infamous Henry Dodson Murder Case, in which the town councilman was found brutally slain, with rumors that he had opposed the Patent on grounds of its dubious legality.
The Pleasant Valley Grange Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
Residents of note
Melancton Smith, delegate to the ratification of the U.S Constitution.
Irene McGee, cast member of The Real World: Seattle
Blythe Auffarth, actress
Zoe Hunter, actress
Johnny Dell, Singer, Actor
James Morabito (Jimmy Mack)
Jonathan Palmer (The Showstopper)
William "Billy" Telfer, the "mayor" of Pleasant Valley.
Jason DeGarmo, Golden Gloves Champion