THE BRONX RIVER: THE BATTLE OF WHITE PLAINS

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BRONX RIVER RAMBLE Saturday, October 12

Meet 10:00 at the Hartsdale Metro North Station

(9:42 Harlem Line Train from Fordham arrives 10:11 - we'll wait for the train to get in!

Take a Ramble with Stephen Paul DeVillo back to a time when the Bronx River held center stage in American history – the October 1776 battle of White Plains. Walking upstream from Hartsdale, we’ll trace the course of the day’s action, explore the Bronx River Valley’s part in the Revolution, and learn how tales of shadowy spies skulking along its banks inspired America’s first “bestseller.” We’ll see what Alexander Hamilton saw from atop Chatterton Hill, and examine the “earthworks” built in our present-day battle against erosion and pollution, along with the sometimes explosive history of early industry along the River.

We’ll also find out how the Bronx River gave White Plains its curious name, and, just in time for Halloween, the origin of the Headless Horseman!

Join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 12th at the Hartsdale Metro North train station (9:42 Harlem Line train from Fordham, arrives 10:11; we’ll wait for the train.) We’ll finish the walk at the White Plains Metro North station, where you can catch a train back to Hartsdale or the Bronx.

The tour is free and requires no reservations, and will take about 2-3 hours, so wear comfortable shoes and bring water. For more information call the Bronx River Alliance at 718-430-4665; www.bronxriver.org or info@bronxriver.org.