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Iona Island Hike through History with Doc Bayne
Historical Society of Rockland County
New City, NY
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Thank you for attending the HSRC's Iona Island Hike through History with Doc Bayne. HSRC programs are made possibly by support from people like you. If you're not a member, we hope you'll consider joining us. You can find more information about membership at http://www.rocklandhistory.org/product.cfm?section=18.


Iona Island Hike through History with Doc Bayne
The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Join Us for a

Hike through History
at Iona Island with Doc Bayne

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10am-2pm (RESCHEDULE DATE)
Where: Meeting place will be provided with confirmed reservation
Price: $5/person (pre-paid reservations are required)

*Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes; bring water and a lunch to eat on the trail

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.

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.

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.


Historical Society of Rockland County (View)
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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