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The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct present an important new exhibit at the Keeper’s House. 

THE TUNNEL: A PASSAGE THROUGH HISTORY

It answers  the question, “ How did the engineering miracle of the Aqueduct actually happen 175 years ago?”

Early engineering drawings and plans and how they evolved  will be highlighted and explained by Architect/engineer, Robert Kornfeld at  the opening reception on December 16, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

The event and the exhibit is of particular interest to those who know the importance  of STEM ( science, technology, engineering and math ) in our schools.

But all who love the Aqueduct and are proud to have a National Historic Landtmark in the neighborhood will be intrigued with the personalities and credentials of the brilliant people who made it happen. 

 

Contact for information:   Mavis Cain.  914 693 0529.

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FOCAAdmin

On July 15 the Friends participated in New York State’s Invasive Species Awareness Week by hosting a workshop on Invasive Species at the Keeper’s House.   Workshop leaders Diane Alden and Daria Gregg have participated in surveying the entire Westchester section of the Aqueduct trail, are Wildflower Guides at Teatown and have adopted sections of the Aqueduct near their homes where they have been working for many years to control invasive plants and to do restoration planting with native species.  Diane is an amateur naturalist and Daria is a Citizen Scientist at the NY Botanical Garden.  

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FOCAAdmin

Have you have ever asked “where does the trail go now?"

Here’s good news.

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct commissioned these five informative, helpful signs to be put in places that have had walkers mystified.  Places like the exit from Lyndhurst – smack on to Route 9 in Tarrytown, that has had walkers asking, “ Now what?" 

The connection between trail sections at 119 and Gracemere, where the Thruway intervenes, has been a long-term problem. In Scarborough, where the trail crosses Rte. 9, the enlargement of this section of our map should be most helpful to the walker.

These 5 very visible signs are thanks to the persistent efforts of Sara Kelsey, Katharine Gates and Charlotte Fahn, guided by cartographer Robert Romagnoli and of course Historic Site Manager, Steven Oakes.

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FOCAAdmin

The Friends are thrilled with the wonderful coverage about the Aqueduct in the Journal News last Sunday.

In addition to a lengthy article HERE, there's a lovely video and a piece listing favorite spots on the trail.

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FOCAAdmin

They weren’t lazy at all on July 8.  

This wonderully diverse group of Manhattanites, a Meetup group called "Hiking for Lazy People" call themselves lazy.  No way!  On Sunday they walked 13 miles on the Aqueduct trail. When they arrived at the Keeper’s House they were ready for a rest, some water and toilet facilities. Then they sat still for a talk by Mavis Cain that gave them a 15 minute breather and answers to their very astute questions.

They have plans to walk the the entire  26 mile trail.  And maybe they’ll even do the 41 mile walk down to  what was the major reservoir at 42nd street. We hope they come back soon.