Brick Tales: The Old Croton Aqueduct & Haverstraw Bricks, Dobbs Ferry

Brick Tales: The Old Croton Aqueduct & Haverstraw Bricks, Dobbs Ferry

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 10:00am

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.

More About This Location: 

The Keeper's House

Open Saturdays and Sundays 1pm-4pm

The Keeper’s House has received a Greater Hudson Heritage Network Award for Excellence for its interactive permanent exhibit about the history of the Croton System and the NYC water supply.

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