Current and Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

The Old Croton Aqueduct was a complex water distribution system created for New York City between 1837 and 1842. This mostly underground brick conduit was constructed with an estimated 6 million bricks, made from Hudson River Valley clay. This lecture will explore the history of brickmaking throughout the region with focus on the Haverstraw brick yards. How did bricks make the Aqueduct possible and what was the significance of this industry in the development of New York City?

Presenter: Rachel Whitlow, Director of the Haverstraw Brick Museum.

Location of program: Keeper’s House on the Old Croton Aqueduct, 15 Walnut St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

If weather permits, we will go for a walk along the Aqueduct after the presentation. Participants will be asked to voluntarily wear a mask when indoors. Free KN95 masks will be provided to those who would like one.

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Sunday, February 13, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Less than a half mile and two hours.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 1:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Take an after-lunch stroll on the Aqueduct Trail. Meet at Irvington’s Town Hall at 85 Main Street, less than ½ mile east up Main Street from the Irvington Metro-North train station. Visit the Tiffany Reading Room, one of a handful of Tiffany interiors. Meander north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street) to Lyndhurst and back, admiring architectural landmarks, including the skeletal remains of a Lord & Burnham conservatory, and Hudson River views. Learn the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the millionaires who lived along the Trail in the 1800’s. Four miles and 3-4 hours. When you return to Main Street, if you would like to see more, you may choose to continue your walk south (and back) on the Aqueduct to view more historic mansions.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 1:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Easy, small group, open-air 2 mile/2 hour (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′34”N 73°51′21”W. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks; and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

Jasper Cropsey was a well-known Hudson River School painter in the mid 19th Century. His landscapes reflected his interest in the influence of nature on man’s existence, a concept that was fundamental to Hudson River School artists like Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. These were the first painters to romanticize the American wilderness.

In the 1860s, Cropsey designed architecture and painted. For his family, he designed a Gothic Revival, 29-room mansion called Aladdin in Warwick, New York. When tastes in painting shifted toward Impressionism, Cropsey’s financial situation faltered, and in 1884 the family (then with four daughters) was forced to give up Aladdin. They settled instead in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, in a house they called Ever Rest, where Cropsey and his wife lived together until they died.

Address: 25 Cropsey Lane, Hastings-on-Hudson NY.

If weather permits, we will go for a walk along the Aqueduct after the presentation. Participants will be asked to voluntarily wear a mask when indoors. Free KN95 masks will be provided to those who would like one.

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

Quarrying was one of Hastings’ first industries. White dolomite limestone, or marble, was cut from an outcropping in the Village and sold for construction material. This marble was shipped on schooners to locations throughout the eastern seaboard. Opposition to blasting by neighbors shut the quarry down in 1870. It was sold in 1899 to National Conduit, a precursor to Anaconda. They used the quarry spring water as a coolant. The site also enjoyed a golden age as a bird sanctuary and then a dark period as a garbage dump. Join us to hear these and other stories that explain the history of this fascinating new park!

Address: Observatory Cottage in Draper Park, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.

If weather permits, we will go for a walk along the Aqueduct after the presentation. Participants will be asked to voluntarily wear a mask when indoors. Free KN95 masks will be provided to those who would like one.

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

Rockefeller State Park Preserve is known for its wildlife, carriage trails, and scenic vistas. The park's 55 miles of trails allow visitors to view the various habitats of the 1,771-acre park, which include open meadows, dense forest, meandering brooks, wetlands, and the 24-acre Swan Lake. Rockefeller State Park Preserve abuts the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Join New York State Parks Environmental Educator, Kim Fendrich, on a journey through time. We will learn about the geologic history of this area and observe evidence of tectonic activity, glaciation, weathering, and erosion throughout the Preserve. This program will feature demonstrations, a discussion, and a short hike to explore evidence of geological history along the Sleepy Hollow trail.

Address: 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY 10570

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

The Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House is one of the most visually unique homes in the world. It is the only known, fully domed octagonal residence and the only house which replicates Donato Bramante’s 1502 Tempietto in Rome. The elegantly proportioned Tempietto was built in the form of a Tholos, an ancient classical temple, which complemented America’s third quarter of the 19th-century fascination with classical forms. The 1-hour tour includes 3 flights of stairs and standing. 12-person limit.

Tickets cost $29.

Address: The Armour Stiner Octagon House, 45 West Clinton Avenue, Irvington, New York 10533.

Contact: Jess Lombard, iinfo@armourstiner.com