Dover, Town of

Dover: A True Community

Located in western Dutchess County, Dover, New York, is a small town—there are fewer than 10,000 residents—that’s big in heart.

Resident Donna Basting of the Dover Union Free School District said the town’s students, school staff and community are giving, caring and generous. “When there’s a need, everyone joins together with talent and resources to help out,” she said. “I couldn’t be more proud to live and work here.”

Even students take advantage of group opportunities by taking part in sports, plays, clubs, debates and more, highlighting their team and community spirt while developing well-rounded educational and life experiences.

Among Dover’s many community-based organizations is the Town of Dover Lions’ Club, an active organization that provides support for the region’s children through various programs, including ‘Let’s Improve Our Nutrition,’ ‘Screening Eyes Early,’ and ‘Little Hearts.’ As well, Dover’s Senior Center offers crafts programs, along with exercise classes, day trips and events with featured guest speakers.

Arts and culture also are showcased in Dover. Here, Harlem Valley Arts offers workshops and venues for local artists of all mediums including art, photography and music, and raises scholarship funds for young high school student artists. The town also is fortunate to have the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, a non-profit horse sanctuary and educational center with opportunities for riding lessons, volunteering and equine experiential education.

Dover’s historical society provides education on the town’s local culture, industry, growth and development, while the town’s recreation department maintains Thomas Boyce Park in Wingdale, Palmer Field in Dover Plains (a soccer field) and the J. H. Ketcham Memorial Park, also in Dover Plains.

While Dover is a small community with walkability, it also has a Dial-A-Ride transportation program and access to commuter trains that depart from nearby Poughkeepsie. Major medical centers and colleges are in close proximity, including Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Marist College, Dutchess Community College, Vassar College and the Culinary Institute of America. 

Population: 8,509
Median Home Value: $248,300

County: Dutchess, NY
Latitude: 41.68329564
Longitude: -73.64327534

126 Duncan Hill Rd.
Dover Plains, NY 12522

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