The Old Croton Aqueduct – The Treasure In Our Back Yard

Many of you probably already know that the steep hill behind our church (above the parking lot) houses the old Croton Aqueduct.  Completed in 1842, this water tunnel supplied the lion’s share of New York City’s water from then until the early part of the twentieth century.  It was a true engineering marvel, allowing water from the dammed Croton River to flow into the city, completely transported by gravity!

What you may not know is that we have in our congregation an author and expert on this water supply story.  Our own Luke Spencer has researched the story of the aqueduct and the impact it has on the history and growth of NYC and the metropolitan area.

Here is the link to his article.  It’s fascinating to learn more about this wonder, right here in our own back yard!