View of the Croton Dam, from a painting by Robert Havell. This print is the frontispiece of Charles King's 1843 book, A Memoir of the Construction, Cost, and Capacity of the Croton Aqueduct . . ., which is available free online. Click the image to enlarge it.
View of the Croton Dam, from a painting by Robert Havell.

Below are links to a variety of online books and websites relating to the history of Westchester, the Croton Dams and Aqueducts and the Hudson Valley. If you discover any errors, broken links, or would like to suggest additional resources please contact me.


Westchester History

A History of the County of Westchester, from its First Settlement to the Present Time by Robert Bolton. New York, printed by A. S. Gould, 1848.

The History of the Several Towns, Manors, and Patents of the County of Westchester, from its First Settlement to the Present Time by Robert Bolton. New York, C. F. Roper, 1881.

History of Westchester County, New York, from its Earliest Settlement to the Year 1900 by Frederic Shonnard and W. W. Spooner. New York, New York History Co., 1900.

History of Westchester County, New York, Including Morrisania, Kings Bridge, and West Farms, which have been Annexed to New York City by J. Thomas Scharf. Philadelphia, L. E. Preston & co., 1886.

Westchester County During the American Revolution, 1775-1783 by Otto Hufeland. White Plains, N. Y., Westchester County Historical Society, 1926. Due to copyright restrictions only limited searching is available online here.

Westchester County, New York, During the American Revolution by Henry Barton Dawson. Morrisania, New York City, 1886.

Westchester County and Its People by Ernest Freeland Griffin, editor. New York, Lewis Historical Pub. Co., Inc., 1946.

This is Westchester, a Study of Suburban Living by Richard F. Crandell. New York, Sterling Publishing Co., 1954

A Check List of Books, Maps, Pictures, and Other Printed Matter Relating to the Counties of Westchester and Bronx by Otto Hufeland. White Plains, N.Y., Published for Westchester County by the Westchester County Historical Society, 1929.

Proceedings of the County Board of Legislators of Westchester County. Links to most volumes from 1874 to 1922 can be found here.

Early Wills of Westchester County, New York, from 1664 to 1784 by William S. Pelletreau. New York, F.P. Harper, 1898.

A short history and bibliography of Ossining newspapers, 1797-1951 by Virginia Larkin Redway. Privately printed from the Ossining Golden Jubilee issue of the Citizen Register, September 22, 1951.

Croton Dams and Aqueduct

The Water Supply of the City of New York, 1658-1895, by Edward Wegman. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1896.

The Design and Construction of Masonry Dams, Giving the Method Employed in Determining the Profile of the Quaker Bridge Dam by Edward Wegmann, Jr. New York, J. Wiley & Sons, 1888.

Description of the Croton Aqueduct by John B. Jervis. New-York, Slamm and Guion, 1842.

Illustrations of the Croton Aqueduct by F. B. Tower. New York, Wiley and Putnam, 1843.

Description of the New-York Croton Aqueduct, in English, German and French by T. Schramke. New-York and Berlin, At the Author’s, 1846.

A memoir of the construction, cost, and capacity of the Croton Aqueduct . . . together with an account of the civic celebration of the fourteenth October, 1842, on occasion of the completion of the great work . . . by Charles King. New York, Printed by C. King, 1843.

Water for the Cities, a History of the Urban Water Supply Problem in the United States by Nelson Manfred Blake. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1956.

Report Relative to Introducing a Supply of Water by the Committee of the Board of Aldermen on Fire and Water. New York, 1831.

Minutes of the Aqueduct Commissioners, 1883-1908. Most volumes from 1883 to 1908 can be found here.

Spring Water, Versus River Water, for Supplying the City of New-York . . . by M. Hale. New-York, Marsh & Harrison, printers, 1835.

Two Reports on Researches Concerning the Design and Construction of High Masonry Dams in View of the Proposed Building of Quaker Bridge Dam by B. S. Church and A. Fteley. New York, City of New York Aqueduct Commission, [Press of D. Taylor], 1889.

Modifications of the Plan of the New Croton Dam by William R. Hill. Read before the American Water Works Association at St. Louis, Mo., June 8th, 1904.

Remonstrance of the Union League Club Against the Bill for the Construction by the Commissioner of Public Works of a New Aqueduct from the Croton Valley to the City . . ., by the Union League Club. [New York] printed by order of the Club, 1881.

Report and Resolutions on the Subject of City Water Supply and Distribution, Showing the Danger of the Proposed Dam at Quaker Bridge , by the Union League Club. New York, Burr Printing House,[1882].

The Old Croton Aqueduct: Rural Resources Meet Urban Needs by Jeffrey Kroessler, New York, Hudson River Museum, 1992.


The Croton Friends of History website has articles, maps and links to information about Croton.

Postscripts, Robert Scott’s online magazine, contains a wealth of articles about the history of Croton and the Hudson Valley region.

The Croton Historical Society has an online collection of photographs documenting the construction of the New Croton Dam. They’ve also published a visual history of Croton in Arcadia’s Images of America series.

The Historic American Engineering Record collection of the Library of Congress includes a large number of photographs and plans documenting the original Croton Dam, the New Croton Dam and the entire aqueduct system.

The David Rumsey Map Collection has over 36,000 maps and images online, including many of Croton and the surrounding area from the 18th through the early 20th century. For a selection of Croton area maps from Rumsey, see this page on the Croton Friends of History website.

The New York Public Library Map Division has a “Best of the Web” list where you’ll find links to map libraries, cartographic institutions and government agencies from around the globe.

Hudson Valley Ruins provides a record of historic and distinctive architecture threatened by development, vandals, and time and exposure to the elements.

Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is a private, non-profit volunteer organization formed to protect and preserve the Old Croton Aqueduct. The Friends work to raise public awareness of the Aqueduct and trail and to secure the resources that will enable this historic greenway to remain unspoiled in perpetuity.

Ephemeral New York chronicles “a constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New York’s collective remainder bin” remembering the “forgotten people, places, and relics of the way New Yorkers used to live.”

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