Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is a private, non profit volunteer organization formed to protect and preserve the Old Croton Aqueduct. The Friends work to raise public awareness of the Aqueduct and trail and to secure the resources that will enable this historic greenway to remain unspoiled in perpetuity.
The Friends strive to act as a public voice for the Aqueduct as well as a source of information for those interested in its past and future.
We publish a newsletter several times a year that includes items of historical interest, news of Aqueduct-related activities, and current events potentially affecting the Aqueduct and trail.
We sponsor talks, lead guided walks of the trail and lead tours inside the Aqueduct tunnel in Ossining and publicize upcoming events. We published an award-winning map and guide to the trail, and have worked with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to post directional signs on the trail that will guide users through the more puzzling sections and crossings. We hold an annual Aquefest in the Fall with live music, children's activities and tours.
A major long-term goal is to restore the Keeper’s House on the trail in Dobbs Ferry as a visitor's center. We have recently received a series of grants and restoration has begun. We are now working on ideas for the Visitor's Center exhibitions.
The Friends also play an active role in the High Bridge Coalition, helping to bring about the restoration and reopening of the Old High Bridge which once carried the Aqueduct between The Bronx and Manhattan.
The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.