Mavis Cain

The Friends were delighted to host the Annual Awards Event of the Association of Social Studies Teachers of Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties.

It took place on May 25th at 4 p.m at the Keeper’s House. It’s good news for us that teachers realize the importance of history especially local history which sometimes can be undervalued with so much emphases on math and science. Mavis gave a short talk on the history of the Aqueduct encouraging the teachers to bring their students next time. Susan Chester, president of the Association gave a lively account of the accomplishments of each awardee.

Very impressive.
Mavis Cain


Our yearly OCA trail facelift in Yonkers was an unqualified success in 2016


by Guest Blogger, Daria Gregg
People wonder out loud and to themselves why I spend good money and time taking out the invasives on my adopted section of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Reasons are complicated and intertwine with other interests. When my husband died and I became semi-retired about fifteen years ago, I decided to do something I had been meaning to do for a long time, I volunteered as a Wildflower Guide at Teatown Lake Reservation. As I learned about the local fauna and lovely flowers that inhabit our Northeast woods, I came to appreciate the complex web of life they create, but not understood by most of us, because we have been too busy making a living or enjoying the numerous distractions of modern life.

Charlotte Fahn

A marvelous new attraction opened Wednesday evening, April 14, in the village of Ossining: a concrete walkway that lets visitors stroll in the Sing Sing Kill's rocky gorge, with the stream rushing along beneath it and trees clinging to the sides. The new walkway is ADA-compliant, has steel railings along its full length - which is about one third of a mile. You return the way you came.

For Aqueduct enthusiasts: from the walkway you can easily see, emerging from a hillside, the fat pipe through which diverted Croton water flowed when the gate was lowered in the weir, above on the top deck of the Double Arch bridge. You can see where the diverted water poured into the Kill.


Share your passion for and knowledge of the Aqueduct trail and Rivertowns area

Are you comfortable speaking and working with the public?

Can you devote three hours on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to work with Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct at their new Keeper's House visitor center in Dobbs Ferry?

To learn more, we invite potential volunteer docents to a question-and-answer gathering on March 31, 7:30, at the Keeper's House, 15 Walnut St., Dobbs Ferry, between Broadway/Route 9 and Main St.

Questions? Email Tom Tarnowsky: or Lesley Walter: