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!
Lost Amusement Parks of New York City—Beyond Coney Island
Coney Island is an iconic symbol of turn-of-the-century New York, but many other amusement parks thrilled the residents of the five boroughs. Each park was influenced by the culture and eclectic tastes of its owners and patrons—from the wooden coasters at Staten Island’s Midland Beach to beer gardens on the Queens North Beach and fireworks blasting from the Bronx Starlight Park. Authors and educators Barbara and Wesley Gottlock will help us discover the thrills of the past from the lost amusement parks of New York City.
Thursday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m.
The McAndrews Estate: From Empire to Ruin
In Oscawana Park, in Cortlandt, rest the remains of the McAndrews Estate—once a large working farm that included barns, mansions, fountains and a full-size race track—now all in ruins. Discover the fascinating history of this unique part of local history with Wes Pomeroy, Executive Director of the McAndrews Estate Preservation Society.
Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m.
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.