History

Interested in the History of Croton on Hudson and the Hudson Valley generally. This is the place to look to find some fun and interesting local historical information.
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Croton Historian: On the Street Where You Live Part II

Piney Point Avenue Sean Kimerling (photo above) graduated from Croton-Harmon High School with the Class of 1984. Sean knew what he wanted in his life and worked for his goal of becoming a television sports broadcaster. He worked his way up the ladder from a small television station on the… Read more »

Finney Farm Owners, Renters and Guests

On the photo above is Mabel Dodge Luhan, a wealthy American patron of the arts who relocated to Finney Farm in 1916. Finney Farm is unique in its combination of structures, events and some of the remarkable and even notorious people who have lived or visited there over the years…. Read more »

Croton’s Leaders 1898 – 2014

Clarence Powell (photo above) was Mayor from 1937 to 1939. During his time in office, the Croton Free Library was established and located in the Municipal Building; and the Croton Swimming Association was established at Black Rock. From 1898 to 1927 the village was governed by a Village President. The… Read more »

Odds and Ends Around Croton-on-Hudson

Picture above: Reagan & Ottaviano Inc. on N. Riverside Ave. in 1930 In the late 1800’s there was a factory on upper Brook Street on the site that was eventually AI Jacob’s garage and is now Nappy’s Auto Body shop. Mr. John Schroder was the manufacturer and dealer of sauce,… Read more »

350th Anniversary Hudson River Celebration

In 1959, towns and villages along the Hudson River were preparing to celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the river’s discovery by English explorer Henry Hudson. The Village of Croton- on-Hudson was no exception and many local residents and CIVIC organizations quickly volunteered for various committees to plan what turned out… Read more »

People, Places, Things

Many prominent people have called Croton home – some in show business, industry and retail sales. We feature just a few of them, along with their beautiful homes, who have lived or still live in our town. Above is a photo of Radnor Avenue in the wintertime. PARHAM PLACE This… Read more »

Boy Scouting in Croton

Cub Scouts starting a meeting with a salute to the flag. Holding Flag: David Hogue. Saluting: L to R: Francis Finnerty, Donald, Dymes, Brock Thompson and ?. Circa 1937-1938. The Boy Scouts have a long history in Croton. The first troop was formed as Troop #25 on May 31, 1928… Read more »

Fun Facts from the Croton Historical Society

From the desk of the Historian Did you know that: The Croton Free Library was housed in the Municipal Building from 1940 to 1965 Constable Milton Blinker was named a police officer in 1898 with no pay That in 1892, three of the fire department’s companies were formed That Carrie… Read more »