All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, the events take place in
the Ottinger Room at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Please join us!
Using rare photographs and postcards from the Croton Historical Society and other sources, Village Historian Marc Cheshire will take us on a tour of Croton at the dawn of the 20th century. See familiar streets and buildings as they looked more than 100 years ago and discover long-lost treasures like Croton’s first train station, the barn at Van Cortlandt Manor, the Wyndhurst mansion, Gardiner estate, and much more.
Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.
The Chain That Saved the Colonies
To stop the British invasion of the New England colonies during the American Revolution, Peter Townsend manufactured a Great Chain for the Continental Army at Sterling Forest. It was placed across the Hudson River at West Point because the river narrowed there and—combined with other factors such as winds, tides and current—forced ships to slowly navigate the passage and therefore make them better targets for the colonial shore batteries.
Donald “Doc” Bayne will share the history of the iron industry that started in 1736 at Sterling Forest and how the Sterling Forge was used to create the Great Chain. Doc is the assistant park and recreation supervisor and acting environmental education director at Sterling Forest State Park. He is also the president of the Friends of Sterling Forest.
Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.