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Wed 30 Nov
The Aqueduct along Amsterdam Avenue Walk
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Most of the Old Croton Aqueduct in Manhattan ran under Amsterdam Avenue. Walk along this route and learn why that avenue was chosen, see vestiges of the aqueduct today, and immerse yourself in the historic and present-day activities of this part of Manhattan. Meet in front of the Highbridge Recreation Center at 173rd St. and Amsterdam Ave. (Public restrooms available at the beginning and end of the walk.) We will end the walk in front of the gatehouse at 135th St. For this two-hour walk, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. NOTE: the walk begins with the descent of a five-story staircase. Register: https://aqueduct.org/events.
Sat 03 Dec
Weir Tour
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front 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 (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Wed 07 Dec
Madam C.J. Walker and Villa Lewaro: Making a Statement That Still Speaks Today
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
If you walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct between Irvington and Lyndhurst, you will find the stunning estate called Villa Lewaro. It is on the trail, just north of Main Street in Irvington. It was originally the home of Madam C.J. Walker. She was a beauty mogul, entrepreneur, and civil rights activist, and widely known as America's first female, self-made millionaire. An orphan by the age of seven and a mother and widow by the age of twenty, she developed a hair-care product for Black women that she built into a nation-wide business, employing over thousands of agents to distribute her products. In 1918, she built a magnificent 34-room Italianate mansion in Irvington, New York, which still stands today on the east side of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Irvington Historical Society Board Member Chet Kerr will lead a talk about Madam Walker's remarkable life and her "Villa Lewaro" mansion that she hoped to be a statement about the possibilities for the African American community. This program was organized by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Space is limited. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Thu 08 Dec
Weir Tour
Thursday, December 8, 2022 03:30 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front 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 (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sat 10 Dec
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, easy, 2 miles/2 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°13′ 20.46" N -73°51′12.59" W. 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.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sun 11 Dec
Tibbetts Brook Park Loop
Sunday, December 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Free, open-air, 5-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the bench near the admission booth inside the park entrance at 355 Midland Avenue (at Teresa Avenue), Yonkers, NY 10704. Parking is free inside the park near the meeting place or along Midland Ave. Discover the connections between the Old Croton Aqueduct, Tibbetts Brook Park, and the South County Trailway. View Tibbetts Brook and three Croton Water structures and learn their history. Trail may be muddy; sturdy shoes or boots advisable. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Register Now: https://aqueduct.org/events
Sun 01 Jan
CROTON DAM WALK
Sunday, January 1, 2023 12:00 PM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Greet the New Year with an easy 2-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Free, small group, open-air 2 hour hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam.  Meet near the restrooms at the rear of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567 (free parking).   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.) Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks optional, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Please pre-register for the Hike online: aqueduct.org/events

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