Pleasant Valley Historical Society

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The Pleasant Valley Historical Society Holiday Party.

The Pleasant Valley Historical Society Holiday Party.

The Mill Site Museum was decorated and open for tours during the first annual Festival of Lights. We had beautiful weath...

The Mill Site Museum was decorated and open for tours during the first annual Festival of Lights. We had beautiful weather to enjoy the floats and marchers as they made their way through town. Thank you to all who participated!

October Pumpkin Walk

October Pumpkin Walk

Pleasant Valley Historical Society's cover photo

Pleasant Valley Historical Society's cover photo


October 31, 2014. Today would have been long-time Pleasant Valley Historian Olive Doty's 101 birthday, our first without her. Her sparkling eyes, sharp wit, and encyclopedic knowledge of our town are sorely missed. She was our living link to a world we can only read about. Olive remembered seeing a woman driving a buckboard to make deliveries in town. (Now go look up what a buckboard was!) Please keep her good work alive by getting involved in the Historical Society and passing on the legacy of Pleasant Valley to its current residents. -Naomi Brooks


It is with a heavy heart that we share this news. We were blessed to have her as long as we did, but it doesn't seem to make it any easier to say goodbye.

PLEASANT VALLEY - Olive H. Doty, former Pleasant Valley Town Historian died on June 20, 2014 at home.
Olive was born on October 31, 1913, the daughter of Harrison Horan and Ethel Stone Horan in
Poughkeepsie. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1931 where she worked as school secretary
and later as library clerk until her retirement in 1975.
On July 9, 1938, she married Franklin Sands Doty and move to his family's home in Pleasant Valley. They
were married for 38 years until Franklin's death on August 6, 1977.
Olive was always active in the community. A Member of the Presbyterian Church, she was once president of the Presbyterian
Women's Association, a trustee and treasurer of the trustees. For many years she decorated for the annual Church Fair and
served refreshments after the Christmas Eve Service. She was former treasurer of the Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library,
worked for many years at the White Elephant Table at the Library Fair and mended books each week at the library.
Olive was a member and past president of the Pleasant Valley Historical Society, a member and past president of the Dutchess
County Historical Society and a member of Association of NYS Public Historians, who awarded her the Franklin D. Roosevelt
Local Government Professional Achievement Award in 2002. As Pleasant Valley Town Historian (1985-2008), Olive with her
Deputy Historian George Greenwood, organized the archives, wrote 3 books on Pleasant Valley and supervised the move and
presentation of the Mill Site Museum. She spoke and gave a slide show on old Pleasant Valley to girl scouts, boy scouts, cub
scouts and brownies and Traver and West Road School Students. In 1992 she was honored by the Pleasant Valley Grange as
Citizen of the Year. In 2006 she was awarded the Helen Wilkinson Award by the Dutchess County Historical Society and in 2008,
she was recognized as one of the Senior Citizens of the Year by the Dutchess County Office of the Aging.
Olive loved her home of 38 years, her family and her community. She drove until she was almost 99 when her car died! She loved
to garden and work outside; she was an avid reader and played solitaire everyday to "keep her marbles rolling." She was well
known for her hats, her frog collection and her smile. Thanks to the Pleasant Valley Library, friends, family and the English Classes
of her great nephew Jason Morace, she received 273 cards on her 100th Birthday. She was given a birthday celebration by the
Pleasant Valley Historical Society and the Town of Pleasant Valley Town Hall.
Olive is survived by her daughter Cynthia Stirling; her granddaughter Catherine Galvin, her husband Kevin and their children:
Agnes, Theodora, Leontine, Celestia, and Christopher; her grandson Sebastian Stirling and his wife Leia and their daughter Ada;
her nephews Harrison, Steven, Glenn and David Horan and Frank Gordon Lambdin and her nieces Sue Horan Fishman, Donna
Horan Cullum and Robin Horan. She was predeceased by her brothers Harrison and Richard Horan, her nephew Gary Horan, her
niece Barbara Horan Morace and her son in law Christopher Stirling.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11am at the First Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Valley.
In Lieu of Flowers please make donations to the Pleasant Valley Free Library. P.O Box 633, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 or the
Pleasant Vallet Rescue Squad, P.O Box 583, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Allen Funeral Home, Pleasant Valley.
To send a condolence, please visit
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from June 24 to June 26, 2014


Noreen, tell us some of what you learned! Any new projects in Dutchess for people interested in preserving and interpreting history?


Dutchess COunty History Conference May 7, 2011 at DCC


gardening down at the mill site, I saw some cedar waxwing birds eating the ripe berries off the shadblow tree, so I ate some too and they were delicious. The young couple in the gazebo watched me and probably thought I was crazy, but I noticed them stopping to try some too as they left the park!


Meeting Minutes - Jan 26, 2010


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