Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct are pleased to announce that our award-winning maps of the Aqueduct are now available for sale in the shop of Morris-Jumel Mansion in north Manhattan. The maps are in a slim, compact format, convenient to take on your walks or simply to peruse and enjoy.
It began on a cold First Day walk at the Croton Dam last January 1st, when participants pointed to the rather forlorn circular structure on the grounds of Croton Gorge Park and asked what it was. Friends Walk Leader Sara Kelsey sadly explained that it was a beautiful fountain that had not been turned on for many years.
The following are just some of the highlights of my walk which was completed in three outings and is presented in the sequence of completion. This effort was also a learning experience for me as was my 26-mile walk. Some examples: 1) the use of inverted syphons to compensate for elevation changes was genius; 2) how Gunter’s chain determined the 66’ width of the OCA; 3) and the incredible mansions and the people who occupied them along the 41-mile route.