Pocantico Hills, New York

Coordinates: 41°5′40″N 73°50′9″W / 41.09444°N 73.83583°W / 41.09444; -73.83583
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Pocantico Hills, New York
Pocantico Hills in Autumn
Pocantico Hills in Autumn
Pocantico Hills, New York is located in New York
Pocantico Hills, New York
Pocantico Hills, New York
Pocantico Hills within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°5′40″N 73°50′9″W / 41.09444°N 73.83583°W / 41.09444; -73.83583
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyWestchester County
TownMount Pleasant
541 ft (165 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code914

Pocantico Hills is a hamlet in the Westchester County town of Mount Pleasant, New York, United States.[1]

The Rockefeller family estate, anchored by Kykuit, the family seat built by John D. Rockefeller Sr., is located in Pocantico Hills, as is the adjacent Rockefeller State Park Preserve.


The area was originally settled by Native Americans of the Wecquaesgeek tribes; "Pocantico" means "stream between two hills",[2] a reference to the meandering Pocantico River. The hamlet was once a part of Philipsburg Manor.[1]

The area was once called Beeckmantown, after the family of Stephen D. Beeckman, who had lived in a residence on the highest ground of the area, just west of the "Irving Institute".[3]

John D. Rockefeller began buying land in Pocantico Hills in 1893.[4]

Trestle Bridge, at East Tarry Town, N.Y. on the New York, Boston & Montreal Railway

In 1880, The "Old Put" Railroad ran from New York to Brewster. The section between East View and Pocantico Hills, travelled over an 80-foot-high trestle over a marsh-filled valley.[5] Because of the dangers of crossing the bridge, which often required that trains slow down to a crawl, the line was rerouted west around that valley in 1881.[6] The bridge was torn down in 1883, and the valley became the Tarrytown Reservoir. The railroad ran through the Rockefeller property. In 1928, John D. Rockefeller Jr. negotiated with New York Central Railroad to relocate the line to along the Saw Mill River, costing $200,000, which Rockefeller Jr. paid.

When the De La Salle Brothers' property in Amawalk was condemned to make way for the New Croton Reservoir, they relocated their novitiate to Pocantico. Around 1929, the Rockefeller family purchased the property.[7]

The Stone Barns agricultural center in Pocantico Hills was established in 2003 to demonstrate multi-cultural, self-sustaining farming techniques; it is host to the Blue Hill restaurant, a high-end eatery which features foodstuffs grown (or raised) on the Stone Barns property.[8]


The hamlet is a part of the Pocantico Hills Central School District, and the Pocantico Hills School, a K-8 school, has a diverse district that lays across town and village borders, including areas of Sleepy Hollow, Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, and Elmsford, New York. On graduating from Pocantico Hills School, as there is no high school for the district students to attend, they are afforded the choice of attending Sleepy Hollow, Briarcliff, or Pleasantville High School.


The Roman Catholic Parish of the Magdalene began in 1893 as a mission Church of St. Teresa of Avila parish in North Tarrytown to serve about forty families in Pocantico Hills and Eastview. The Church was dedicated in September 1895. A significant benefactor of the parish was grocery store magnate James Butler of Eastview.[9]

The Union Church of Pocantico Hills was built by the Rockefeller family in 1921. It features stained glass windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. The Matisse window was his final piece prior to his death in 1954 and was commissioned by Nelson A. Rockefeller in memory of his mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, one of the founders of the Museum of Modern Art.[10]


Pocantico FD Tanker 12

The hamlet lies within, and is governed by the Town of Mount Pleasant, New York.

Emergency services stem from a variety of sources, with policing services provided by the Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department, fire protection services provided from the all-volunteer Pocantico Hills Fire Department, and emergency medical services from a combination of the Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SHVAC), Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC), and Westchester EMS.

The fire department has a tanker truck which often responds mutual-aid to neighboring fire districts when called upon, having assisted at fire related incidents in the Villages of Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Irvington, and Elmsford, as well as the hamlets Archville, Hawthorne, Thornwood, and Valhalla.

The first volunteer fire department, Liberty Hook and Ladder Company, was organized in 1904.[11]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b Weinstock, Cheryl Platzman. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Pocantico Hills", The New York Times, April 29, 2001
  2. ^ Aslet, Clive. The American Country House, Yale University Press, 2004, p. 51ISBN 9780300105056
  3. ^ Bolton Jr., Robert (1848). A History of the County of Westchester, From its First Settlement to the Present Time. New York: Alexander S. Gould. p. 327. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  4. ^ Lalibert, Nathan. "The History of the Rockefeller Family in Westchester", Westchester Magazine, October 2012
  5. ^ "Images related to Tarry Town Trestle". NYPL Digital Gallery.
  6. ^ Miller, Richard (April 25, 2014). "What Happened to East View?". River Journal. Vol. 16, no. Late Spring 2014. pp. 11–12.
  7. ^ "Historic District of New York", Brothers of the Christian Schools (DENA)
  8. ^ Fabricant, Florence (October 21, 2019). "Michelin Gives Blue Hill at Stone Barns Two Stars". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "About us", Church of the Magdalene, Pocantico Hills
  10. ^ Susan Hodara (October 1, 2004). "From Rip van Winkle to Rockefellers in Sleepy Hollow Country". New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  11. ^ "History", Pocantico Hills Fire Department
  12. ^ "US billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies at 101". BBC News. March 20, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.

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