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HSRC: Iona Island Walk through History

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hike through History
at Iona Island with Doc Bayne

When: RESCHEDULE DATE Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10 am

Where: Meeting place will be provided with confirmed reservation

Price: $5/person (pre-paid reservations are required)

Doc Bayne will lead a hike at Iona Island, in the Hudson River below Bear Mountain. A major US Navy arsenal from 1900 to 1946, complete with explosions and, of course, the famous “Mothball Fleet” following World War II, Iona Island has a story that goes back to prehistory. Doc will cover evidence of Native American use of the island; the colonial farms and settlements when Iona was known as Salisbury Island and, later, Weygant’s Island; and the 1800s, when it attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel and picnic grounds.

In 1965, the Palisades Interstate Park Commision took possession of Iona Island. Surrounded by marshes, the island has become a wildlife preserve and important habitat for many species, including Bald Eagles.

* This Hike is scheduled to take place from 10 am to 2 pm. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and pack a lunch.

About the speaker: A retired New York State Forest Ranger, Doc Bayne has been the environmental educator and historian for Sterling Forest State Park for many years. He is the president of the Friends of Sterling Forest and a member of the Historical Society of Greenwood Lake (New York), where he makes his home. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Historical Society, and the boards of the Fort Montgomery Battle Site and the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association.

To register, contact:

Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956

Phone: (845) 634-9629
Fax: (845) 634-8690

Cancellation policy: Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Hikes through History, registration fees are non-refundable unless the program is canceled by the HSRC. Space is limited for safety. A waiting list will be compiled, and spaces that become available will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Only those who have made full payment can be accommodated.


September 15, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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