This article is from the All My Children FAQ, by Margaret Gibbs gibbsm@no_spam.poppyware.com with numerous contributions by others.
Agnes Nixon, AMC creator, said in Episodes that PV was modeled on
her home town on the Main Line in the Philadelphia suburbs.
However, the outside shot they occasionally show before a scene
is Palmer Square in Princeton, NJ, according to Randi Schweriner
(schwerin@phoenix.Princeton.EDU). Also, the exterior of Cortlandt
Manor is really a mansion called Waveny in New Canaan, CT.
WildWind is actually Lyndhurst, on Rt. 9, in Tarrytown, NY. It
was the home of Jay Gould, the Railroad robber baron, and is open
to the public.
According to Ruth Warrick in her book ``The Confessions of Phoebe Tyler''
(Berkeley Press, 1982):
"A careful viewer might be able to place the geographical location (of
Pine Valley) a bit more specifically. It is the suburb of `Center City,'
which somewhat resembles Philadelphia. And it is about ninety miles from
New York City -- close enough for illicit or clandestine adventures, but
distant enough to avoid Fun City's distinctive flavor. In fact, Pine
Valley occupies roughly the same map position as Bryn Mawr, the affluent
Philadelphia Main Line community which is the home of a famous institution
Which is not surprising, since Bryn Mawr is also the home of a certain
soft-spoken woman who has become something of an institution in her own
right. She is Agnes Nixon, creator of One Life to Live and All My
Children, and she is the acknowledged queen of daytime television serials,
more commonly known as soap operas or simply soaps."
One more clue that Pine Valley is actually in Pennsylvania...
after Mona Kane died, her daughter found her suitcase. On the
suitcase's tag was the following address:
Name: Mona Kane Tyler
Street: 20 Adams Street
City: Pine Valley, USA
State: PA ZIP: 199??
Yet another: When Erica was at the Betty Ford Center (1996), she
told her roommate that she was from Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.
More trivia: in early 1992: Will and Hayley were in a limo. Will
said "Pine Valley, 19010" in sarcastic comparison to Beverly Hills 90210.
19010 is the US Postal code for Bryn Mawr, PA. On March 27, 1995,
Kendall said "Pine Vally, 09109". This postal code is not in use
in the US.
There have been other clues in the show which point to the fact
that Pine Valley is in Pennsylvania, but I haven't room for them