Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 10:00am
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Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

The Old Croton Aqueduct was a complex water distribution system created for New York City between 1837 and 1842. This mostly underground brick conduit was constructed with an estimated 6 million bricks, made from Hudson River Valley clay. This lecture will explore the history of brickmaking throughout the region with focus on the Haverstraw brick yards. How did bricks make the Aqueduct possible and what was the significance of this industry in the development of New York City?

Presenter: Rachel Whitlow, Director of the Haverstraw Brick Museum.

Location of program: Keeper’s House on the Old Croton Aqueduct, 15 Walnut St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

If weather permits, we will go for a walk along the Aqueduct after the presentation. Participants will be asked to voluntarily wear a mask when indoors. Free KN95 masks will be provided to those who would like one.

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

Jasper Cropsey was a well-known Hudson River School painter in the mid 19th Century. His landscapes reflected his interest in the influence of nature on man’s existence, a concept that was fundamental to Hudson River School artists like Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. These were the first painters to romanticize the American wilderness.

In the 1860s, Cropsey designed architecture and painted. For his family, he designed a Gothic Revival, 29-room mansion called Aladdin in Warwick, New York. When tastes in painting shifted toward Impressionism, Cropsey’s financial situation faltered, and in 1884 the family (then with four daughters) was forced to give up Aladdin. They settled instead in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, in a house they called Ever Rest, where Cropsey and his wife lived together until they died.

Address: 25 Cropsey Lane, Hastings-on-Hudson NY.

If weather permits, we will go for a walk along the Aqueduct after the presentation. Participants will be asked to voluntarily wear a mask when indoors. Free KN95 masks will be provided to those who would like one.

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

Quarrying was one of Hastings’ first industries. White dolomite limestone, or marble, was cut from an outcropping in the Village and sold for construction material. This marble was shipped on schooners to locations throughout the eastern seaboard. Opposition to blasting by neighbors shut the quarry down in 1870. It was sold in 1899 to National Conduit, a precursor to Anaconda. They used the quarry spring water as a coolant. The site also enjoyed a golden age as a bird sanctuary and then a dark period as a garbage dump. Join us to hear these and other stories that explain the history of this fascinating new park!

Address: Observatory Cottage in Draper Park, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.

If weather permits, we will go for a walk along the Aqueduct after the presentation. Participants will be asked to voluntarily wear a mask when indoors. Free KN95 masks will be provided to those who would like one.

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

Rockefeller State Park Preserve is known for its wildlife, carriage trails, and scenic vistas. The park's 55 miles of trails allow visitors to view the various habitats of the 1,771-acre park, which include open meadows, dense forest, meandering brooks, wetlands, and the 24-acre Swan Lake. Rockefeller State Park Preserve abuts the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Join New York State Parks Environmental Educator, Kim Fendrich, on a journey through time. We will learn about the geologic history of this area and observe evidence of tectonic activity, glaciation, weathering, and erosion throughout the Preserve. This program will feature demonstrations, a discussion, and a short hike to explore evidence of geological history along the Sleepy Hollow trail.

Address: 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville, NY 10570

Contact: laura.compagni@parks.ny.gov. Register in advance. Space is limited.

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Old Croton Aqueduct State Park Education Program

Part of the Sites of Interest Along the Old Croton Aqueduct series

The Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House is one of the most visually unique homes in the world. It is the only known, fully domed octagonal residence and the only house which replicates Donato Bramante’s 1502 Tempietto in Rome. The elegantly proportioned Tempietto was built in the form of a Tholos, an ancient classical temple, which complemented America’s third quarter of the 19th-century fascination with classical forms. The 1-hour tour includes 3 flights of stairs and standing. 12-person limit.

Tickets cost $29.

Address: The Armour Stiner Octagon House, 45 West Clinton Avenue, Irvington, New York 10533.

Contact: Jess Lombard, iinfo@armourstiner.com