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Heroes of the Trail

Left to right: Steven Oakes, Historic Site Manager; Tony Failla and Jeff Litwinowicz. Photo: Linda Cooper

New ways to enjoy the Aqueduct trail

photo: Oliver Lednicer

Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing are suddenly popular. A few years ago, walkers who saw me on my skis used to ask “ Where do you get skis like that?” Now the tracks on the trail are already formed when I get out on an afternoon. Snow-shoe tracks are even more prevalent sometimes breaking up the smoother ski tracks.

Winter Work at KH is ongoing

If you’ve walked or skied by the Keeper’s House on these cold winter days, you may be wondering what progress is being made. You can see that the gaping east wall is being filled with appropriate bricks. You may be aware that every effort is being made to use the original bricks for repairs to keep the integrity of the house. If we run short of old bricks, some can be rescued from an unnecessary chimney. The other worrisome exterior problem is the southwest corner. You’ll see the scaffolding – a good sign of work in progress.

The Winner of the 2014 Bike Raffle is Announced

On the blustery morning of Saturday November 22, friends volunteers gathered to pick the winner of our 2014 bike raffle out of the jar. A blindfolded Lucy Warner, 8, of Dobbs Ferry reached into the jar and selected the ticket of Dana Rubin of Irvington.

A long-time Friend of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Dana is an avid trail walker. "I'll have to start riding now!" she said, delighted with her unexpected win of the hybrid trail bike from Endless Trails Bikeworx.

Fall Newsletter is out and on its way to you

Our latest newsletter is out and on its way to you, with articles about our Miler program, a surprising story about The Bethesda Fountain in New York City, photos of the Keeper's House restoration and more.

Please note that the mailing label has the date of your membership expiration on it. We have extended our grace period, but if your membership expired in 2013 you will not receive our next newsletter. Please renew today!

Unknown Palisades Lecture


Dobbs Ferry Library


Dam Tour draws crowds

Friends Board member Laura Compagni-Sabella gave a terrific tour of the Croton Dam on Saturday September 6th, complete with pictures and samples of tools used by workers on the Croton Dam. To many people, the New Croton Dam in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, represents the ingenuity of American engineers of the late nineteenth century. At completion, it stood as the tallest masonry dam in the world. People compared it to the pyramids and to the Great Wall of China as a testament to human genius. The Dam is also a central feature in a dramatic labor story.

Keeper's House Updates - Work is Moving Along!

Work is moving along at The Keeper's House.
All photos ©Tom Tarnowsky 2014
Top: Pavement and parking lot
Middle: Interior plaster work
Bottom: reusing original bricks

Breaking Ground at the Keeper's House Visitor Center

The official groundbreaking for the Keeper's House Restoration project drew happy crowds on Friday June 27th, 2014!

On hand to shovel some ceremonial dirt were:

Top pic, left to right: FOCA Board member Douglas Emilio; Linda Cooper, Regional Director at New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation ; Dobbs Ferry Mayor's representative Liz Dreaper; State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins; FOCA President Mavis Cain; project contractor David Furaro.

Gracemere Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting event celebrating the restoration of a Tarrytown section of the trail drew a happy and enthusiastic crowd on Sunday June 15. The event opened in a spectacular setting in the Lyndhurst conservatory with our special guests sitting beside the fountain with the scent of roses in the air.

Kevin Plunkett, Westchester County Executive; Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Westchester County Legislator; and MaryJane Shimsky all spoke glowingly of the importance of the trail to all Westchester residents and visitors.

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