Current and Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 8:31am to Sunday, November 6, 2022 - 5:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

For the first time, the Keeper's House will be hosting artists during RiverArts' Studio Tour (November 5-6).

Susan Richman and Janine Menlove will be displaying their photographic collages at the Keeper's House during the Studio Tour and for several weeks before.

Join the artists for an opening reception on Sunday, October 2 from 3 to 5pm. The Keeper's House is regularly open from 1 to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays (and will be open for longer hours during the Studio Tour).

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

For the first time, the Keeper's House will be hosting artists during RiverArts' Studio Tour (November 5-6).

Susan Richman and Janine Menlove will be displaying their photographic collages at the Keeper's House during the Studio Tour and for several weeks before.

Join the artists for an opening reception on Sunday, October 2 from 3 to 5pm.

The Keeper's House is regularly open from 1 to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays (and will be open for longer hours during the Studio Tour).

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Revolutionary Hastings & Hastings Historical Society

Speakers: Fred Charles, Revolutionary Hastings Chair Niles Jaeger, Revolutionary Hastings Vice Chair & Hastings Historical Society Trustee

Location: Revolutionary Walk in Wagner Park, at the intersection of Broadway and Warburton Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson. (Parking across the street at Zinsser Park, Edgar’s Lane & Broadway. Also walkable on the OCA to Edgar’s Lane and turn west down to Broadway.) The Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway connects hikers to historic places in each community it passes through.

This outdoor lecture and short walk explores fresh perspectives on the details and context of a Revolutionary battle site near the OCA trail in Hastings. The gradual slope walk (.02 mi each way) will explore the ravine where a significant part of the battle took place. On September 30, 1778, along the old Albany Post Road south of Dobbs Ferry (in today’s Hastings-on-Hudson), a combined American force consisting of Continental infantry and cavalry carried out a successful ambush on a marauding Hessian patrol, killing over 15 and taking many prisoners, without suffering significant losses themselves. The Battle of Edgar’s Lane was a psychological boost for the Continental Army and its only real victory in the so-called “Neutral Ground” of Westchester County throughout the war. Fred Charles and Niles Jaeger are part of Revolutionary Hastings, a committee of the Hastings Historical Society formed to create a place to share this local history within the context of the American Revolution and the people who lived here at that time.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 4:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. 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.

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

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy 4-mile loop beginning and ending at Dows Lane in Irvington. Enjoy the mostly level, shaded walk in one of the most storied sections of the Aqueduct. Learn about the remarkable Villa Lewaro, the estate of Madam CJ Walker, the African-American entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walk the grounds of Lyndhurst Mansion, country home of notorious robber baron, Jay Gould and location site for HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Along the way, we will talk about the history of the Aqueduct, the origins of the village of Irvington and Washington Irving’s connection with the village. At the end of the walk, join us for an optional glimpse of the unique Armour-Stiner Octagon House.

Tickets for a tour of the Octagon House can be purchased separately on their website: Octagon House

For those wishing a more in-depth tour of Lyndhurst, tickets may be purchased on their website: Lyndhurst Mansion

Four miles total, the walk is approximately 3 to 3.5 hours.

Meet at Dows Lane at the Aqueduct, Irvington at 10:00 am

Directions - Dows Lane is west of Route 9/Broadway in Irvington. (GPS to 50-100 Dows Ln, Irvington, NY 10533). Parking is along the ball field which you will see to your right as soon as you enter Dows Lane. The Metro-North Hudson Line stops at Irvington. From the train station, walk up Main Street to Aqueduct Lane, turn right on the Aqueduct and walk .4 miles to our meeting point.

Required: pre-registration (limited number). Masks are optional but social distancing is encouraged.

Walk will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 1:00pm
Presenter: 
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Speaker: Angelique Piwinski is a Yonkers historian, member of the Board of Trustees of the Hudson River Museum, member of the Board of Trustees of the Schoharie County Historical Society, and the past President of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, a NYS Historic Site.

Location of program: Irvington Library, 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, NY 10533. Also walkable from the OCA. Walk to Main Street in Irvington. Turn west and walk downhill to the corner of Main and South Astor St. Each community along the OCA Trailway has its own industrial history.

When the Aqueduct was completed in 1842, it meandered mostly through farmland and shoreline villages. Over the next half century, much of the landscape was transformed by New York industry and population growth. During our Industrial Revolution, Yonkers was home to the largest carpet manufacturer in the world. We will trace the evolution of the company from the 1860's through to its final move from Yonkers in the mid-1950's. At one time in its history, more than a third of the entire workforce in Yonkers was employed by the company. Almost every longtime family in Yonkers was touched by it. You will learn about its fascinating story, the family that ran the dynasty, and their magnificent and lasting gifts to the City of Yonkers and beyond. We will also explore the events that led to its final move away from Yonkers.

This program is organized by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Space is limited.

Image: Christopher Payne
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 4:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. 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.

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

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, open-air, 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the Observatory Cottage in Draper Park, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Learn the history of this former marble quarry, which operated along (and under!) the Aqueduct. View the restoration of the site as a park with Hudson River views.

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

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

 

Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2 miles/2 hours (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); bring masks; and social distancing.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 2:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. 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). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

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

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 2:00pm
Presenter: 
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Speaker: Joyce Sharrock Cole, Ossining Village Historian Program

Location: Croton-on-Hudson Library, Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

If you were walking along the OCA trail in Ossining in the 1840s, you would see an expanding prison facility when you got to the place that is now Edward Street. In the 200-year history of Sing Sing Prison, over 600 people were executed there before capital punishment was abolished. This program explores the circumstances of 3 individuals who met this sad fate.

The executions at Sing Sing Prison were always newsworthy. Ossining Historian Joyce Sharrock Cole will explore three women, their crimes, and their execution via Sing Sing's infamous electric chair. Above all, you'll leave with an understanding of why the lights went out in Ossining in this true crime mystery.

This program was organized by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Space is limited.

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Speaker: Chet Kerr, Board Member of the Irvington Historic Society

Program Location: Keeper’s House Visitor Center, 15 Walnut St, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Parking on street.

If you walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct between Irvington and Lyndhurst, you will find the stunning estate called Villa Lewaro. It is on the trail, just north of Main Street in Irvington. It was originally the home of Madam C.J. Walker. She was a beauty mogul, entrepreneur, and civil rights activist, and widely known as America’s first female, self-made millionaire. An orphan by the age of seven and a mother and widow by the age of twenty, she developed a hair-care product for Black women that she built into a nation-wide business, employing over thousands of agents to distribute her products. In 1918, she built a magnificent 34-room Italianate mansion in Irvington, New York, which still stands today on the east side of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Irvington Historical Society Board Member Chet Kerr will lead a talk about Madam Walker’s remarkable life and her “Villa Lewaro” mansion that she hoped to be a statement about the possibilities for the African American community. This program was organized by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Space is limited.

Friday, January 6, 2023 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Speaker: Dana White, Ossining Board of Trustees, former Ossining Historian

Program Location: Croton-on-Hudson Library, Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

If you were walking along the OCA trail in Ossining in the 1840s, you would see an expanding prison facility on the River when you got to the place that is now Edward Street. The Old Croton Aqueduct was constructed in the 1830s in reaction to New York’s expanding population and its need for clean water. The chaotic and crowded City was also facing an increase in poverty and crime in the infamous neighborhood of Five Points. Sing Sing Prison was constructed as another response to these urban problems in this pre-industrial era.

Sing Sing Correctional Facility has been a presence in the Ossining village for almost 200 years. At one time, the village and the prison shared a name. Today the prison and the village seem worlds apart, but for a long time, the two were inseparable. The shared history can be seen throughout the community, even in places we’d never think to look. Presented by Dana White, former Ossining Village Historian and current Village Trustee, with lots of illustrations.

This program was organized by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Space is limited.