Rid the trail of invasive plants and
Restore Historic Stone Walls
with the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Register in advance at

Where: On the trail along Quaker Bridge Road, Croton on Hudson (look for a white canopy)

Parking: On street — look for designated volunteer signs between houses #124 and #99

Perks: Water, coffee, snacks, gloves, tee shirts, tools & bug stuff provided

Bring: Lunch! Consider wearing long pants, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.


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The story of Burr’s maneuverings to found a bank (now JP Morgan Chase) by pretending to meet New York City’s urgent need for clean water is one of the more colorful sidebars of our water supply history. In this 175th anniversary year of the Old Croton Aqueduct, learn how Burr pulled it off, Alexander Hamilton’s ambiguous role, and the consequences of Burr’s ruse for the emerging metropolis.

GERARD KOEPPEL has written widely about aspects of New York history and infrastructure and is a popular speaker and panelist on these topics. His books include the highly regarded account of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Water for Gotham: A History, and, most recently, City on a Grid: How New York Became New York.


Despite the damp weather, an enthusiastic crowd turned out for the annual Yonkers trail cleanup. Checkout our excellent photo album on Facebook!


  • Do you love the Old Croton Aqueduct?
  • Do you live in Hastings, Dobbs Ferry or Irvington?
  • Can you spare a few hours a week to learn and use marketable skills?
  • Are you self-motivated and eager to commit to taking on a new project?
  • Perhaps you have just retired or you are a young mother getting ready to return to the workforce.
  • Are you interested in learning how to blog or how to manage a constituent relationship database?

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is looking for someone to take over responsibility for online outreach.

You will solicit weekly blog entries from board members and other OCA enthusiasts. You will promote these blog entries on social media.

You will prepare and send out EBlasts using iContact.


As of now, we have 29 people who have earned certificates and patches from the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct’s Milers Program

And there are quite a few others who are “working on it.”  Some of these milers  have become some of our most active docents.  

One of them said to us that she and her husband “fell in love” with the trail as they earned their patches.  Being a docent is a way to share that love.


Have you stopped by the Keeper's House recently?

We have two new displays!

One is an audio program about the Catskill Water system, with stories from the point of view of its builders and surrounding landowners.

The other is an interactive map of the Westchester portion of the Old Croton Aqueduct with pop-up details about points of interest along the trail.

Visit us Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.


Friends member and avid trail walked Carlos Gee has an excellent blog, SCENES FROM THE TRAIL, where he provides heavily-illustrated guides to his walks in the new York and New Jersey region. He was kind enough to allow us to copy his walks onto this website, so you can follow along on his adventure to walk the entire length of the Westchester section of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail (and earn a patch in the process.

You can view his reports HERE


From the DEP of New York:

We are excited to announce the launch of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s 31st annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. Second through twelfth grade students attending New York City and East or West of Hudson Watershed public, independent, charter or parochial schools or home-schooled students are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflect an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries will be accepted online from now until Wednesday, March 8, 2017.


The Friends invited our wonderful, hard-working Keeper's House docents to a private tour of Philipse Manor Hall during the holidays. And, since we like exploring Yonkers, we added on lunch at the locally famous Cuban restaurant La Bella Havana! Sixteen docents and board members socialized and took the fascinating tour. Our New York State Parks guide Robert A Lee, a descendant of General Robert E Lee (!), then took us outside for an impromptu walk through the newest Saw Mill River Daylighting park! Rushing water and rocky banks are clearly visible, underneath buildings, from a clever boardwalk through downtown Yonkers! What a gem the city has created. We all had a lovely afternoon.

Happy Holidays

- Lesley Waltner

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