The Ghost Fleet, 1946-1947

Here are some dramatic aerial photos of what locals call the Ghost Fleet, taken soon after the ships were moved north from Tarrytown to Jones Point (at one time known as Caldwell’s Landing) at the foot of Dunderberg Mountain. The anchorage remained at that location until the last two ships were towed away on July … Continue reading The Ghost Fleet, 1946-1947

Hudson Valley Echoes, Issue #2

Below is issue 2 of Theodore J. Cornu's extraordinary hand-drawn, hand-lettered, self-published journal, Hudson Valley Echoes. To see issue 1 click here. Issues 3 to 4 are coming soon . . . When the publication opens you can click on the pages and enlarge them. The embedded viewer uses Flash, so if you don't see … Continue reading Hudson Valley Echoes, Issue #2

Croton Cider—Then & Now

If you want to introduce kids to Croton’s agricultural heritage, take them to Thompson’s Cider Mill on a Saturday to watch proprietor Geoff Thompson and his crew turn bushels of heirloom and traditional apples into old-fashioned apple cider. They may not use the antique cider-making equipment that’s on display outside the mill, but the process … Continue reading Croton Cider—Then & Now

View of Haverstraw Bay, circa 1868

At first glance you might think this beautiful print is an etching made by a Hudson River painter—looking north from Scarborough, showing a sweeping, placid panorama of the widest section of the river, stretching from Rockland Lake to the mouth of the Croton. The artist has depicted a sailboat in the foreground—representing the romantic, natural … Continue reading View of Haverstraw Bay, circa 1868

Bird’s Eye Views of the Croton Aqueduct, 1879-1887

Here are two priceless “bird’s eye” views of the Croton Aqueduct, made eight years apart during the period when New York City was rapidly outgrowing the capacity of what we now call the Old Croton Aqueduct. One map looks north, showing the burgeoning metropolis in 1879—straining the water supply system with its unrelenting growth. The … Continue reading Bird’s Eye Views of the Croton Aqueduct, 1879-1887

Hudson Valley Echoes, Issue #1

Below is issue 1 of Theodore J. Cornu's extraordinary hand-drawn, hand-lettered, self-published journal, Hudson Valley Echoes. When the publication opens you can click on the pages and enlarge them. The embedded viewer uses Flash, so if you don't see it below because your device doesn't support Flash, you can click here. Issues 2 to 4 … Continue reading Hudson Valley Echoes, Issue #1

Lenape Settlement Map, circa 1600

In 1950 Theodore J. Cornu drew this map of the lower Hudson River as the Lenape saw it, circa 1600. It appeared as a small part of page 3, in issue #1, of his extraordinary hand-drawn, hand-lettered, self-published journal, Hudson Valley Echoes.

Westchester Parks & Parkways, 1924

This map is from the 1924 Report of the Westchester County Park Commission, published during a period in which the Westchester park and parkway system was being greatly expanded. Thanks to the Oechsner Archive for this vintage map.

Croton Area in 1848

Detail of the Croton area from the Travellers' Guide of the Hudson River. Published by H.B. Kirkham, for the Proprietor, and for sale on all the Steamboats, and at the principal Hotels in the United States, 1848. The entire map is available online at David Rumsey Map Collection.

Croton Area in 1830

Details of the Croton area from An Improved Map of the Hudson River, with the Post Roads between N. York & Albany. Published by S. Mahon & Co. Drawn & Engraved Expressly for the Tourist. 1830. The entire map is available online at David Rumsey Map Collection.