Croton On Hudson
The historic village of Croton-on-Hudson is located thirty five miles north of New York City and runs eight miles along the shoreline of the Hudson River. Situated at the confluence of the Croton and Hudson Rivers, the topography of the village affords dramatic views of Haverstraw Bay and the Croton River Gorge. The village was formally incorporated in the Town of Cortlandt in 1898, but its history begins much earlier.
The village’s history dates back to the 17th century, and archaeological evidence indicates that it was populated by Native Americans as early as 4950 BC. A 1718 census reports 91 inhabitants, including Dutch settlers and English Quakers, who farmed or worked on the mills that were developing along the Croton River.
By the 19th century, shipping, ship-building and manufacturing had become the predominant industries, along with work on the railroad and construction of the Croton and New Croton Dams and the New Croton Aqueduct. Construction began on the dam in 1837 and lasted 15 years, providing many jobs for Irish immigrants who emigrated to escape the potato famines. It is estimated that at one point 10,000 laborers were working on the project. This influx of immigrants significantly increased the population of the village and surrounding areas, so that by the time of its incorporation in 1898, the population had grown to 1,000, then to over 1,700 only a few years later. Today there are over 8,000 residents.
This picturesque and historic village is characterized by beautiful vistas, riverfront parks and extensive wooded areas. Known as an artists colony, this best kept secret has quickly become THE hot spot of Westchester.
- Village of Croton-on-Hudson was incorporated in 1898 and is part of the Town of Cortlandt
- Local Highways: Taconic Parkway, Route 9 and 9A
- Village area: 4.88 square miles
- Distance to NYC: 35 miles
- Population: 8,243 (2016)
Station Parking Capacity: largest parking lot in Westchester with 1,903 spaces. Village residents automatically get a parking permit. Outside the village, there may be a wait-list for permits. There is daily parking.
- J & S Taxi 914-271-3333
- Larry's Taxi 914-271-3777
Airport: Westchester County Airport is a 30 minute drive.
Croton-on-Hudson is serviced by the local Croton-Harmon School District.
- Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914-271-5184
- Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School (grades 6-8) 914-271-2191
- Croton-Harmon High School (grades 9-12) 914-271-2147
- Rippowam/Cisqua Lower Campus, Mount Kisco (PreK-grade 4) 914-244-1200
- Rippowam/Cisqua Upper Campus, Bedford (grades 5-9) 914-244-1250
- T he Hackley School (PreK-grade 12) 914-366-2600
- The Masters School (PreK-grade 12) 914-479-6400
- The Harvey School (grades 6-12) 914-232-3161
- St Augustine’s School (PreK-grade 8) 914-941-3849
- Kennedy Catholic High School (grades 9-12) 914-232-5061
Hike at Teatown Lake Reservation, an 834-acre nature preserve with 15 miles of hiking trails, a 33-acre lake.
Fish, picnic and hike at Croton Gorge Park, a 97-acre property at the base of the Croton Dam with impressive views of the Dam and spillway. There is direct access to New York State’s Old Croton Aqueduct which runs from Croton-on-Hudson South through downtown Ossining and Dobbs Ferry on its way to Yonkers.
Enjoy Croton Point Park, a 508-acre park on the Hudson River which features hiking, boating, swimming, and camping
Bike and walk the North-South County Trailway, a paved, multi-use trail spanning 36.2 miles through Westchester County, 22.1 miles comprise the North County Trailway, from Eastview in the Town of Greenburgh north to Putnam County. The remaining 14.1 miles, south to the New York City border make up the South County.
New York Waterways offers a seasonal scenic two hour river cruise departing from Tarrytown and proceeding northwards in full view of awe-inspiring Hudson Valley River scenery.
Take a tour of Van Cortlandt Manor, an estate located in Croton-on-Hudson that dates back to the 1600’s. Part of the Historic Hudson Valley, the Manor began as a 220-acre home and farm run by Stephanus Van Cortlandt, a Dutch settler.
Just a few miles north is Boscobel House and Gardens located on Route 9D in Garrison. A picturesque nineteenth century mansion overlooking the Hudson River offers one of this country’s finest collections of Federal period furniture and decorative arts.
Be entertained at Tarrytown Music Hall, located on Main Street in Tarrytown. One of Westchester’s oldest surviving theaters, it was built in 1885, and it continues to be a venue for some of today’s most popular entertainers and productions.
The Jacob Burns Film Center opened in 2001 on the site of the old Rome Theater in the village of Pleasantville. JBFC is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema in a beautiful new facility. Leading actors, directors, screenwriters are frequent speakers at events.
Play golf at the new public course at Hudson Hills in Ossining, Hollow Brook Golf Club in Cortlandt Manor, and on the private course at Hudson National Golf Course in Croton-on-Hudson which allows village residents with a qualifying handicap to play. Other nearby private clubs include The Sleepy Hollow Country Club and The Trump National Golf Club.
- Work out at the New York Sports Club in Croton-on-Hudson, the Premier Club in Montrose, and Club Fit Briarcliff on North State Road.
Dining suggestions are Ümami Café, a family-friendly local hangout with a hip vibe serving seasonal eclectic international comfort food, Samurai Japanese Sushi and Hibachi for great sushi. For more elegant dining, try historic Peter Pratt’s Inn in Yorktown Heights or Blue Hill at Stone Barns on the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills.
The Westchester Mall is 20 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus)
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