Pine Plains, Town of

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Family-centered, Pine Plains, in the northeast quadrant of Dutchess County is a rural, agriculturally based area that’s a safe and walkable, Clean Energy Community.  

The town’s Future Farmers of America chapter, one of only two in Dutchess County, is a program where local farmers mentor children and teach them about farm life, for example, how to take care of a calf. Children are bused to the program and can adopt a farm animal that they are taught to care of, with the program culminating in an annual agricultural fair at the high school.

The Stissing Center opened as a community center with Wynton Marsalis headlining a benefit concert there and plans to host great performers in music and the arts. Pine Plains’ reputation for terrific restaurants is on the rise, including classically trained chefs from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park (Dutchess County, New York) and those from New York City.  The town offers the small-town charm of its Mexican and Sicilian restaurants, pizza places and diner. With so many nearby farms, the food is fresh and farm-to-table is everywhere. Many of the town’s quaint shops feature work of its artists, craftspeople and furniture makers.

Many hikers trek to the Stissing Mountain’s 90-foot steel Fire Tower and take advantage of the mountaintop site for picnicking and views of the Catskill, Berkshire and Housatonic mountains. Pine Plains has its own beach at Stissing Lake, which becomes an ice rink for winter outdoor activities. Thompson Pond is home to New York State's smallest type of turtle.

Schools, the first central school district in Dutchess County, and medical centers nearby are all highly rated; its library was also the first created in Dutchess County, in the 1700s.

Pine Plains got its name from the vast numbers of pine trees covering the valley floor with the original inhabitants being Mohicans; one of whom is believed to be the model for the character Chingachgook in James Fennimore Cooper's novel, The Last of the Mohicans.

Population: 2,504
Median Home Value: $240,400

County: Dutchess, NY
Latitude: 41.9733153
Longitude: -73.78500623

3284 Rt. 199
Pine Plains, NY 12567

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