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Sun 26 Aug
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike (rain or shine).
Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi. Parking fees: http://parks.westchestergov.com/parking-fees). Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sat 08 Sep
Weir Tour
Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Joseph Caputo Community Center & take a short walk to the Weir on the Double Arch Bridge. There you will descend into the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history supplying water to a thirsty New York City. There is an optional (self-led) walk along the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, located below the Double Arch Bridge, after the Weir Tour. Address: 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). Inquiries: Peter Dispensa, solarconstant@msn.com or 914-522-5000.

Sat 22 Sep
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike. Hudson River Valley Ramble Event #37
Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Easy 1-mile hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. 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 Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi. Parking fees: http://parks.westchestergov.com/parking-fees).

Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.

Sun 23 Sep
Meandering among the Mansions of the Historic Millionaires. Hudson River Valley Ramble Event #42.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(646) 303-1448

Take an after-lunch stroll on the Aqueduct Trail. Meet at Irvington's Town Hall at 85 Main Street, less than ½ mile east up Main Street from the Irvington Metro-North train station (free parking). Visit the Tiffany Reading Room, one of a handful of Tiffany interiors. Meander north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street) to Lyndhurst and back, admiring architectural landmarks, including the skeletal remains of a Lord & Burnham conservatory, and Hudson River views. Learn the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the millionaires who lived along the trail in the 1800's. On the return trip, you might stop to tour Jay Gould's Lyndhurst or Washington Irving's Sunnyside mansion (paid guided tours are available at both). When you return to Main Street, if you would like to see more, you may choose to continue your walk south (and back) on the Aqueduct to view more historic mansions. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Irvington Train Station, a 5-10-minute uphill walk). Free and no reservation required. Inquiries: Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or 646-303-1448.