Croton Friends of History is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Croton-on-Hudson and the Hudson Valley.

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Croton Friends of History
P.O. Box 193
New York 10520
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Croton Friends of History Events

All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, the events take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Ottinger Room at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Please join us!


Crossing the Croton: Three Centuries of Fords, Ferries, Trestles and Trusses

Using rare photographs, drawings and maps, Carl Oechsner and Marc Cheshire will show how the lower Croton River was crossed during the last 300 years: from the fording places used by Native Americans and the ferry at Van Cortlandt Manor, to the Revolutionary War bridge—the first bridge across the lower Croton, built in 1779—and more than a dozen other bridges that spanned the river from Hunter Brook to the Hudson.
Thursday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m.

2015 Events

Coming Soon!

Here’s a list of events planned for 2015. We’ll post more information and descriptions early next year.

  • MARCH – Cornelia Cotton will read excerpts from her recent book, Stepping Stones.
  • APRIL – John Healey will discuss real estate developer Walter Law and his famous Briarcliff Lodge, built in 1902.
  • MAY – Ossining historian Norman MacDonald will speak on the famous Brandreth family, their All-Purpose Brandreth Pills, Porous Plasters and more.
  • JUNE – Trudie Grace and Mark Forlow will talk about their newly published book, The West Point Foundry.
  • SEPTEMBER – Brigid Faranda will look at the John Larkin Manor House and the Hessian Hills Estate.
  • OCTOBER– Margaret Steele will discuss her book about the magician Adelaide Hermann, and demonstrate Ms. Hermann’s magic.
  • NOVEMBER – Deborah Cohen, photographer, will present Vietnam Today, A Personal Journey.
  • DECEMBER – Marc Cheshire and Carl Oechsner present part two of this series on the history of the bridges of the Croton River.