DescriptionCroton-on-Hudson, once part of the estate of Van Cortlandt Manor, was founded by Irish and Italian laborers working on the Croton Reservoir dam in the 1840s. During the 1920s the town became a fashionable haven for intellectuals, including poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, feminist Doris Stevens, journalist John Reed and economist Stuart Chase.
Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave., is a retreat for recreation seekers. Surrounded on three sides by the Hudson River, the 508-acre park offers swimming, fishing, camping, cross-country skiing and hiking; a nature center also is available. Phone (914) 862-5290 or (914) 862-5297 for the nature center. At the southern tip of the peninsula is Teller's Point, where a small group of Revolutionary War patriots repelled HMS Vulture while British Maj. John Andre met secretly onshore with Benedict Arnold to plot the takeover of West Point. Unable to return to his ship, Andre fled but was captured later near Tarrytown; the conspiracy was exposed.
Things to SeeVan Cortlandt Manor