As Pawling prepares for the arrival of Paramount Pictures, residents are bracing for a partial road closure that will divert traffic along West Dover Road (County Route 20) for nearly two months. Scenes from a Paramount film titled “A Quiet Place,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, will be produced in Pawling and Dover during this time and will result in traffic detours from Wednesday, September 6, through Monday, October 23.
In preparation for shooting “A Quiet Place,” producers scouted numerous locations in the Hudson Valley. The scenes filmed in Pawling will make use of a farmhouse located at Starkdale Farm, just south of Blackberry Drive. This will necessitate the closure to nonresidents of a quarter-mile section of West Dover Road. A detour will be posted, rerouting traffic over Route 22 via Pleasant Ridge and River Road.
Though the film production will result in a temporary inconvenience for drivers in the area, Pawling will see several benefits from Paramount’s choice of location. In addition to a fee of $2,500 paid to the town for rental of the location, local employees will be hired by the production team to assist in maintenance, landscaping, and security. “We thank residents in the neighborhood for their cooperation and patience during this project, which has resulted in local residents being hired for several key aspects of the film production,” says Dutchess County Department of Public Works Commissioner Robert Balkind.
During the filming, residents of West Dover Road will have full access to their properties. In addition, the Pawling Central School District and all local emergency services have been notified and arrangements have been made to ensure access.
Dykeman Farm, located at 823 West Dover Road, will also feel the effects of the road closure. “That is the most direct route for most of our Pawling customers to use,” says Mandy Dykeman. “However, we are confident that all of our customers will continue to shop at our farm stand even if it takes a few extra minutes to reach us. Our farm stand hours of operation will remain the same, and our Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch program will be open October Weekends and Columbus Day 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We encourage everyone to follow the detour signs.”
In spite of the temporary disruption, Mandy Dykeman is among those who see the bright side for the region: “While it is a bit of an inconvenience, this is a very exciting opportunity for the Dover and Pawling communities to be recognized for their beauty.”
Area officials are aware of the hindrance and sympathize with residents who will be inconvenienced. “We understand this poses a hardship for those commuting through the Pawling and Dover area, but there is a positive economic impact to the community at large which will be felt well after the production is complete and the road is re-opened,” says Commissioner Balkind.
For questions about the road closure, readers can contact the Dutchess County Department of Public Works at (845) 486-2925. For questions regarding the film, contact Mary Kay Vrba, President of Dutchess Tourism at (845) 463-4000. For information about Dykeman’s Farm Stand and Pumpkin Patch call (845) 832-6068 or (845) 222-8502, or email DykemanFarmPickYourOwn@gmail.com.