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Pawling Town

Pawling Town Hall is located at 160 Charles Colman Boulevard, Pawling NY 12564; phone: 845-855-5040.

John Kane House, ca. 1740, 126 East Main Street, Pawling, NY, National Register

Photo: John Kane House, ca. 1740, 126 East Main Street, Pawling, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Photographed by User:Daniel Case (own work), 2007, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed November, 2012.

The Town's history gives it depth and texture. The integrity and simplicity of the Quakers is evident today in the Oblong Meeting House and nearby properties. The railroad extending into Pawling and a station springing up soon after set in motion the later growth of accommodations at the Mizzentop Hotel and the Dutcher House in the late 1800's making the Town a resort area. Pawling was a peaceful place where people had summer homes, many of which are still second homes providing an escape from urban places. Industries such as Sheffield Farms pasteurization plant and the Troco Nut Butter Company clustered around the railroad in the early 1900's. Although the pasteurization plan is gone, there are many active agriculture operations. Even the Pawling Fire Department, which was formed in 1895, is strong thread from the past that continues to be vital part of the community. [1]

Author Norman Vincent Peale, television journalist Edward R. Murrow and New York's 47th governor made Pawling their home. Perhaps the community and landscape enjoyed in Pawling inspired their work and gave them a retreat from their worldly efforts. There are three State and Federal Register Historic Places in the Town: the Akin Free Library; and the Oblong Meeting House, all located in the Quaker Hill area. The John Kane House, located in the Village, is a museum and the home of the Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling.

The Town of Pawling's setting, in the foothills of the Berkshires and within the historically rich Harlem Valley, provides a green matrix in which residents and visitors experience the community's abundance. Open spaces, scenic views, small town charm and rural character make it a beautiful place. Pawling's historical and cultural heritage is complemented by the continuing goodwill of its numerous, active volunteer organizations and its engaging community events. Excellent choices of private and public learning institutions, recreational facilities and programs, community theatre, music and other artistic venues and events add to the quality of life.

  1. Town Board, Town of Pawling, NY, Town of Pawling Comprehensive Plan Update, 2012,, accessed December, 2013.
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