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Mount Pleasant is a town in Westchester County. It is made up of a number of villages, and hamlets, as are many of the towns in the county. Those villages and hamlets include Eastview, Hawthorne, Pleasantville, Pocantical Hills, Scarborough, Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown), Thornwood, Valhalla, and a portion of Briarcliff Manor. The town covers 32.7 square miles. Those living in Mount Pleasant spend their time amongst a number of historical and landmark buildings, particularly those in Sleepy Hollow. Several are listed as National Historic Landmarks, and/or on the National Register of Historic Places, and as such the area receives a lot of tourists year round. In particular, Sleepy Hollow in the fall, especially around Halloween, becomes a major destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, all due to Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Visitors can see many of the locations highlighted in the story. Kykuit, the 40 room National Trust house (also known as the John D. Rockefeller estate) is located in the hamlet of Pocantical Hills. It is situated at the highest point, overlooking the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee. On a clear day you can see the NYC skyline 25 miles to the south. The main house sits on over 3400 acres, along with a number of outbuildings. While there are a handful family members who still live on the grounds, restricted public tours are given. Some of the land was donated to the state, and is now the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, which is open to jogging, bike riding, and horseback riding. Usonia Homes is a planned community in Mount Pleasant, and is a national historic district. The 100-acre tract of land the community sits on was purchased by a cooperative of NYC residents back in 1945. They enlisted the services of none other than celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright to build the community. Wright designed three of the 47 homes himself, and approved the designs for the remainder. In addition, he approved the placement of each home. 60% of the land is forest and meadows. The community is laid out in a circular design, while keeping the original trees as well as the original flow of the land. The only areas disturbed were for the homes and roads. The homes have very small lawns adjacent to portions of the house, while most of the land, even right up to the homes is the forest in it's natural state.

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