Rockland Lake, NY
commercial history of Rockland Lake dates back to the 18th century when
the area was known as Slaughter Landing because of the natural ravine
in the Palisades just north of Verdriegete Hoek, the name the Dutch gave
for Hook Mountain. The Hook was known as "The Troublesome Point"
where a hotel and ferry landing to Tarrytown stood from the time of the
Revolution until the 1900s. During the 19th century ice was harvested
from the pristine waters of Rockland Lake and rock was quarried from the
cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. Later, the lake became a popular
resort area and amusement park attracting people from New York City by
steamboat and train. In the 20th century, with the invention of refrigeration,
the ice industry collapsed and preservation of the Palisade cliffs began.
The state acquired most of the property and created Rockland Lake State
Park as we know it today.
2004, The Friends of Rockland Lake, Inc. was founded as a non-profit
organization dedicated to supporting the preservation of the local history
and the valuable resource of Rockland Lake State Park.
Membership in The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain
Your membership support will be designated specifically to projects for Rockland Lake State Park. The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain, Inc. is not part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) but is made up of concerned individuals like you wishing to work in collaboration with the PIPC to preserve this valuable local resource.
Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain
Highlights of Past Events:
Marker Installation and Press Conference
On October 4, 2008 The Friends installed a historic marker at the site of the former historic ice cutting industry in cooperation with the Rockland County Historical Society and the Office of Parks and Recreation. The historic marker was funded through Friends' membership proceeds and the Town of Clarkstown.
Please click here for more photos.
A generous thank you to Parks & Trails, NY for a $1,500 capacity building grant to support the development of a new membership information brochure. www.ptny.org
of Interest from
Parks and Trails New York
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference
Hudson River Valley Greenway
Hudson River Valley Heritage. Type "Rockland Lake" in the search box for great photo archives of Rockland Lake
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