Author: 
FOCAAdmin

James Bremner ( aka Friends VP, Bob Kornfeld ) welcomed the community to the beautiful house where he lived from the mid 1800s to his death in 1872.

On a sunny June afternoon Keeper James Bremner told of his duties as keeper of this section of the Aqueduct, how he kept the water flowing as it traveled from the Croton Dam to the final reservoir at 42nd street. Maybe he anticipated that his home would one day be a National Historic Landmark making the entire community swell with pride.

Of course he might not have recognized his old home after the beautiful rehabilitation work stimulated and financed by the Friends and documented photographically by Tom Tarnowsky and Elisa Zazzera.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Beginning this Saturday, June 4, the Keeper's House will be open for drop-in visitors on weekends from 10am to 4pm.

Come by, pick up a map, drink some water, chat with our docents, and hear about our plans for permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The Keeper's House is convenient to the Dobbs Ferry stop on Metro-North, and a perfect place to start a walk to Lyndhurst or Untermyer Gardens.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

The Friends were delighted to host the Annual Awards Event of the Association of Social Studies Teachers of Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties.

It took place on May 25th at 4 p.m at the Keeper’s House. It’s good news for us that teachers realize the importance of history especially local history which sometimes can be undervalued with so much emphases on math and science. Mavis gave a short talk on the history of the Aqueduct encouraging the teachers to bring their students next time. Susan Chester, president of the Association gave a lively account of the accomplishments of each awardee.

Very impressive.
Mavis Cain

Author: 
STGorman

Our yearly OCA trail facelift in Yonkers was an unqualified success in 2016

Author: 
DariaGregg

by Guest Blogger, Daria Gregg
People wonder out loud and to themselves why I spend good money and time taking out the invasives on my adopted section of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Reasons are complicated and intertwine with other interests. When my husband died and I became semi-retired about fifteen years ago, I decided to do something I had been meaning to do for a long time, I volunteered as a Wildflower Guide at Teatown Lake Reservation. As I learned about the local fauna and lovely flowers that inhabit our Northeast woods, I came to appreciate the complex web of life they create, but not understood by most of us, because we have been too busy making a living or enjoying the numerous distractions of modern life.