About This Place
Pleasant Valley is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 9,066 at the 2000 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.