Monday, January 3, 2011

Doc Bayne to present "Iona Island" program at January meeting!

Public program following the 7:30 pm January 21, 2011 meeting:
Iona Island
Doc Bayne, renowned local historian, photographer and educator, will present a program about Iona Island in the Hudson River below Bear Mountain. 
From evidence of native Americans on the island through the colonial farms and settlements, when it was known as Salisbury Island, and later as Weygant's Island. In the late 1800s it attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel, and picnic grounds. Iona Island served as a major Northeast United States Naval arsenal from 1900 to 1965, complete with explosions, saboteurs and of course, the famous mothball fleet following WWII. Since 1965, when the Palisades Interstate Park Commission took possession, much of the island and surrounding marshes have become a wildlife preserve, providing valuable habitat for many species, including winter nesting for Bald Eagles, during which the Island is off limits to human visitors.
This Program is free and open to the public.

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