How Well Do You Know Pleasantville's History?

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The Jacob Burns Film Center was previously the location of the Rose Theater. Photo Credit: Mike Esposito

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Two weeks ago, we challenged our readers with 10 trivia questions on the village of Pleasantville's history. Here are the answers to those questions.

1. Foley's Club Lounge is named after what Pleasantville High School basketball standout? He purchased the lounge in 1950.

  • Harry Foley

2. What year did the Reader's Digest move out of Pleasantville?

  • 1936. The company's building in Chappaqua was officially completed in 1939. 

3. Which millionaire made most of his money from being a McDonald's franchisee and also calls Pleasantville his hometown?

  • Rick McCoy

4. Pleasantville was officially chosen as the name of the village in what year?

  • 1828

5. Sunset Hall, a former popular landmark in Pleasantville, was demolished in what year?

  • The popular venue was torn down in 1941.

6. What business closed its doors in 1985 before reopening 15 years later as the Jacob Burns Film Center?

  • Rome Theater. The Jacob Burns Film Center still uses a similar facade on the front of its building.

7. The present day Village Hall was previously known as what building?

  • Mount Pleasant Bank. The building was used as an office space for companies such as Reader's Digest.

8. Memorial Plaza was officially dedicated in what year?

  • 1930

9. The Pleasantville Pioneer Engine Company, known today as the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, was formed in what year?

  • 1894. The company also has the oldest marching band in the state of New York. 

10. Which Pleasantville church was torn down and rebuilt in 1985 for a much larger house of worship?

  • Holy Innocents Church

How well did you do? Did any answers surprise you? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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