Croton Point Park: Westchester’s Jewel on the Hudson

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Less than an hour by train from New York City, Croton Point Park encompasses miles of Hudson River shoreline with astonishing views and remnants of the region’s past. Ancient shell mounds shed light on the Indigenous peoples who inhabited the area for generations prior to European colonization. Remains of the first commercial vineyard in the Northeast are just steps away from historic brickyards that helped build Manhattan. Although the point served as a dumping ground for much of the twentieth century, local efforts have restored the park into a model of environmental conservation. Today, bald eagles have returned to the delight of visitors, who also explore the remarkable landmarks, cruise the waters of the Hudson or enjoy scenic picnics. Authors Scott Craven and Caroline Ranald Curvan present Westchester’s crown jewel, Croton Point Park.
ISBN: 9781467152389
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Landmarks
Images: 123
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Scott Craven is a former Ossining police captain whose master’s thesis focused on an environmental history of the area. As the historian of the Town of Ossining and an avid fisherman, paddler and cyclist, he knows the Point better than most. Over the years, he has naturally connected with many people whose passion and expertise regarding different aspects of the Point have helped us weave its history into a compelling story. Caroline Ranald Curvan is professional researcher and writer. She recently led the research team for a critically acclaimed American Masters/PBS documentary entitled Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page. A writer with popular local blog ( and an adjunct professor of research and composition, she is a deep and passionate student of history.
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