Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 11:00am
Walk Leader: 
Mario Medici
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

RESCHEDULED FROM JUNE 6

Enjoy a free, easy, 2 miles/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: 41.22603, -73.85770. 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.)

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: preregistration.

Friday, June 21, 2024 - 11:30am
Walk Leader: 
Sara Kelsey and Mario Medici
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Celebrate Make Music Day with an acoustic concert in the Aqueduct Weir in Ossining.

Free acoustic guitar and vocal performance in the weir by the Mike Risko Band acoustic. An optional weir tour will follow. Enjoy good vibrations in an 1842 brick water tunnel.

Meet at the front (upper level/south side) of the Joseph Caputo Community 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 short walk from the Center, we will arrive at the weir in time for a noon concert.

Required: pre-registration.

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 1:00pm
Walk Leader: 
Sara Kelsey
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Along the Aqueduct and within the Rockefeller Preserve

Free, small group, open-air walk of approximately 3 miles/hours. Meet at Aqueduct Ventilator #12, on the Aqueduct Trail just steps south of the intersection of Gory Brook Road and Ridge Street in Sleepy Hollow (on-street parking on Gory Brook Road). We will walk north and discuss the Aqueduct and view some of its structures, including a weir, a 90-foot high embankment carrying the Aqueduct over the Pocantico River, the ghostly remnants of an old Keeper’s House, and touch upon Rockefeller history and the monument in nearby Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to those in the NY Guard’s First Provisional Regiment who perished during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic while guarding the Aqueduct during The Great War.

Required: pre-registration. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Friday, July 12, 2024 - 11:00am
Walk Leader: 
Sara Kelsey
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Enjoy a free, easy, 2 miles/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: 41.22603, -73.85770. 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.)

Note: Parking fee for Croton Gorge Park is $10.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: preregistration.

Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 10:00am
Walk Leader: 
Sara Kelsey
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Meet at the Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley St., Yonkers at the Nature Center (up the hill from the parking lot). Enjoy Hudson River views and while exploring the Preserve and the Gardens and walking the Aqueduct between them. Easy 4-hour loop walk.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: preregistration.

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 1:00pm
Walk Leader: 
Sara Kelsey
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Enjoy an approximately 3 miles/3 hours (total) loop walk, easy-to-moderate, with panoramic views of the Hudson River. We begin at the ruins of Rockwood Hall, built in 1849 and purchased by Wm. Rockefeller, John D. Sr.’s younger brother, in 1886, before John D. began acquiring and building what later became Kykuit. We cross the Archville bridge, which replaced the earlier stone bridge that carried the Aqueduct over Rt. 9 and served as a carriage trail connecting the two estates.

Meet at the Rockwood Hall parking lot (description & directions: www.nynjtc.org/hike/rockwood-hall-sleepy-hollow) behind Phelps Memorial Hospital.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Pre-registration required

Sunday, July 21, 2024 - 11:00am
Walk Leader: 
Mario Medici
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) 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.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Required: pre-registration.

Photo Christopher Payne
Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 10:00am
Walk Leader: 
Pete Dispensa
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the front (upper level/south side) 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. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.