Dover, New York

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Dover is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 8,565 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Dover in England, the home town of an early settler.

The Town of Dover is located on the eastern boundary of the county; North of Pawling, South of Amenia, West of the State of Connecticut.



In 1637 the Pequots having been driven from their former homes in Connecticut settled in what is now Dover. They were led by Gideon Mauwee for part of their time in this location.[1]

The town was formed in 1807 from part of the Town of Pawling. The first town meeting took place in the home of John Preston, an early settler. The home, built circa 1730, is now an inn and restaurant known as Old Drovers Inn.[1]

The Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center (1924–1994) was a major source of employment for Wingdale and the surrounding areas. When the Center was closed in 1994, many businesses in the area were hit hard. The brick & marble building on the grounds still stand, but many are dilapidated and in need to be torn down. (Demolition is slated to begin on 10/15/10 according to a sign on the property). The property and buildings were purchased in the 2003 by the Benjamin Development Corporation and currently is in the SEQRA process before the Town Board as Lead Agency for its redevelopment into a transit oriented town center known as Dover Knolls.

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