River Towns

About 20 miles north of Manhattan lies the River Towns of Ardsley, Hasting on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, the latter perhaps best known as the home of Washington Irving. The villages are connected by the Old Croton Aqueduct, which is great for hikers and cyclists. The River Towns have also emerged as a regional haven for food lovers, who can choose from restaurants, some with Hudson River views, that feature many cuisines. There are many cultural events, museums and historic sites, and private schools. With their relaxed vibe and laid-back, small-town feel, these towns offer a very different feel to the Sound communities. The physical terrain is rocky and hilly with varying elevations. The Metro North services these towns with an easy commute to NYC.

Hastings-On-Hudson Union Free School District

  • Hillside Elementary School
  • Farragut Middle School
  • Hastings High School

Dobbs Ferry School District

  • Springhurst Elementary School
  • Dobbs Ferry Middle School
  • Dobbs Ferry High School

Ardsley Union Free School District

  • Concord Road Elementary School: Grades K-4
  • Ardsley Middle School: Grades 5-8
  • Ardsley High School: Grades 9-12


  • Dows Lane Elementary School
  • Irvington Middle School
  • Irvington High School

Tarrytown Union Free School District

  • Sleepy Hollow High School
  • Sleepy Hollow Middle School
  • Washington Irving Intermediate School
  • W.L. Morse School
  • John Paulding School

For information about parking and train stations in Hastings-on-Hudson, call 914-478-3400.
For information about parking and train stations in Ardsley, call 914-693-1550.
For information about parking and train stations in Irvington, call 914-591-7070.
For information about parking and train stations in Tarrytown, call 914-631-1885.
For information about parking and train stations in Dobbs Ferry, call 914-231-8500.

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Ardsley, a village in  Westchester County, is  part of the town of Greenburgh. It was incorporated in 1896. It is bordered by  Dobbs Ferry to the west  and Edgemont to the east. Ardsley is convenient to the The New York State Thruway   and one can use the Dobbs Ferry Railroad station for service to NYC.  

Ardsley has an active shopping area with many shops and eateries.  It also features  community pool, a large park and recreation area, and a tennis center.  There are a variety of styles of homes from split levels to ranches to newer and larger colonials. 

Dobbs Ferry

Historically, Dobbs Ferry has played an important part in America's past. The village actually got its name from a river ferry service that was established by John Dobbs and operated from 1698-1759. The service ran from a spot that is today called Willow Point on the Dobbs Ferry side of the river across to Sneden's Landing on the western side. In August of 1781 – in the 7th year of the American Revolution War - Continental Army troops led by General George Washington were encamped in Dobbs Ferry and neighboring localities. Washington's decision to divert these troops on a long march to Virginia led to the engagement at Yorktown of the large British forces of General Cornwallis; a long siege that ended in defeat for the British, and was the final decisive military event in the Revolutionary War. The famous Meade House is now home to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, just off the Old Croton Aqueduct walking and biking trail that runs through the heart of the village, and connecting the Rivertowns together; along the trail you will find the recently restored Keepers House, a designated historical landmark and visitor center. Estherwood Estate, where Teddy Roosevelt grew up as a kid in the 1870s, and the Little White Cemetery(1810), re-dedicated in 2014, providing visitors and history buffs a beautiful and quite open space from which to learn and see more of the village’s older past.

Dobbs Ferry is situated on the Hudson River in Westchester County about 22 miles from NYC. It is accessible to NYC by several highways and the Hudson Line on the Metro North Railroad which is 37 minute express ride.

Dobbs Ferry was named after Jeremiah Dobbs, a fisherman and  in 1882 the village was named  Dobbs Ferry.

It is home to 2 private schools: The Masters School, founded in 1877 serving grades 5-12 and  Mercy College, a 4 year institution.

Residents enjoys views of the Hudson River, an active downtown consisting of many boutiques and restuarants. There are several parks: Memorial Park overlooking the Hudson River, 2 public swimming pools and Juhring Nature Preserve.

Dobbs Ferry was ranked 7th as a favorite place to live in New York State 2014 and continues to be a sought after area for those leaving the urban communities for the burbs.


Irvington, is an affluent suburban village in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River,  north of Dobbs Ferry, South of Tarrytown , and is served by  the Metro-North Hudson LineArdsley-on-Hudson is part of Irvington but should not be confused with the village of Ardsley. In 1854,  the Village changed it's name to Irvington to honor Washington Irving. The village's Main Street area has been designated an historic district by New York State and, as of 2013, is under consideration for addition to the National Register of Historic Places.[4] In 2010, Westchester Magazine ranked Irvington as the "Best Place to Live in Westchester".[

Irvington is home to many fine eateries along the Hudson and on Main Street as well as a beautiful park along the Hudson.  The old train station is a lively pub.

Irvington ls has many points of interest including the Ardsley-on-Hudson Station House, several houses of worship and  the Halsey Teahouse. 


Tarrytown is an active historic community on the Hudson River, overlooking the Tappan Zee Bridge which connects Westchester to Rockland County. One can easily travel to Manhattan via Metro North Railroad within  approximately 50 minutes.. It has a vibrant nightlife with many different cuisines to choose from Greek to Mediterranean to American,  tea and coffee houses, ice cream parlors, boutiques and more. 

Tarrytown is home to Washington Irving who lived in Sunnyside,dating to 1835 which has been restored and open to visitors.  Other  historic sites  include Lyndhurst, the Historical Society, the Tarrytown Music Hall, a landmark theater, built in 1885, and currently offering  musical events,

Tarrytown has beautiful old victorians and 19th and 20th century buildings with distinct architectural styles. It is homes to many townhouse communities. Tarrytown also has many new condominiums with views of the Hudson River offering different living styles from simple to duplex apartments to townhouses with elevators.