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!


The Road to Prickly Pear Hill and the Ruins

In the early 1900s two magnificent estates were built on hills in Croton, with panoramic views of the Hudson River. John Larkin’s seventeen-room fieldstone manor has been lovingly preserved and currently serves as the Clubhouse of the Hudson National Golf Club. On a nearby hilltop was Alfred P. Gardiner’s much grander estate, Hessian Hills Farm, which became the Hessian Hills Country Club in the late 1920s. Today the Gardiner estate lies in ruins, partly as a result of mysterious fires in November, 1930, when the property was a country club owned by Milton J. Gordon. Brigid Faranda will tell the stories of these spectacular properties and share insights into the lives of the men who owned them.
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.


POSTPONED! Memoirs of a Magic Queen, the Amazing Life of Adelaide Herrmann

This event is postponed and will be rescheduled sometime next year. Magician, historian and author Margaret Steele presents a very special lecture on Adelaide Herrmann (1853-1932), the world’s first great female magician. Ms. Steele is the editor of Madame Herrmann’s recently-published memoir, which finally surfaced in 2010, seventy-eight years after her death. In addition to an image-rich photo lecture on Madame Herrmann’s adventurous life, Ms. Steele will perform some of Herrmann’s signature magic routines. The book can be purchase from Amazon here.
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.


Vietnam Today, a Personal Journey

In February 2012, Deborah Lea Cohen traveled to Vietnam to pursue her interest in how the Vietnamese—from both the North and the South—have fared since the end of their tragic conflict. Deborah found herself amazed and inspired by her experiences there. Her rich photographs, accompanied by commentary, interpret her journey through this fascinating country.
Thursday, November 5,  7:00 p.m.


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

Carl Oechsner and Marc Cheshire will present part two of their series on the bridges of the lower Croton River. Starting east of Quaker Bridge in the late 1800s, they will tell the inspiring story of the construction of the New Croton Dam and all the long-gone temporary construction bridges, rope bridges and train bridges that made the massive project possible. They’ll also tell the sad stories of the destruction of the Wire Mill Bridge, Hunters Brook Bridge, and the flooding of the Croton River Valley.
Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.