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The Van Cortlandtville

Historical Society

Be sure to be a part of another exciting year of exceptional guest speakers and additional surprises and special events.

The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host an OPEN HOUSE ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York.

This event is open free to the public.............

Visitors will be given a guided tour of the 19-century one-room schoolhouse, which until the mid-1970s was still functioning as part of the Lakeland Central School District. The schoolroom and adjoining meeting room of the Society has books, photographs and classroom items dating back to that early era.   

The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. 

          Join us on Saturday, 

May 21, 2022 at 2:00 pm 

for an interesting and informative talk:





 What is the History of this retired FDNY Fireboat?

Where is it currently docked in the Hudson? When can you Tour and Travel on it? Why is it Important to Support its Restoration and Preservation? Come to this Informative PowerPoint Picture Program and Listen and Learn about the Amazing Legacy of the

John D. McKean Fireboat and the Brave Role it played on September 11th, 2001.

About Our Guest Speaker:This is a return engagement of David Rocco of Yorktown to our Society programs. In January of 2019 he presented a little-known history story of a tragic military plane crash on Mount Beacon in 1945, based on his book---

               The Indestructible Man: The True Story of a World War II Hero.

As an accomplished photographer of the scenic Hudson Valley and beyond, Mr. Rocco has chronicled in pictures some of the most important historic restoration projects in the Hudson Valley region, including the replacement of the old Tappan Zee Bridge; the development of Walkway Over The Hudson; the Mount Beacon Fire Tower and Bannerman Castle Trust, and the destructive impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

A longtime and dedicated volunteer and organizer, he has been involved over the years with over the years with many charitable, cultural, historical and environmental endeavors throughout our area, including the Westchester SPCA, the Yorktown Depot & Community Dog Park and many blood donor drives.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

2 p.m. FREE to Public

Sponsored by The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society

(914) 736-7868

At The Little Red Schoolhouse

297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor 10567

Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage attendees to wear a mask.



Mr. Musso from Lagrangeville comes to this program

with a 40-year career as a writer, editor, newspaper columnist, public speaker and author of a variety of historical books, including three volumes of his acclaimed book,

               Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley,

of which he presented talks to our Society in recent years.


 The Post-World War II 

National Defense Reserve

 Do you remember seeing a massive fleet of what

appeared to be “ghost ships” moored together in the

Hudson River on the west shore south of Peekskill

harbor? What were these old de-commissioned U.S.

Navy ships from World War II doing there at Jones

Point? How long were they there? And, when did they


 Historian Anthony Musso, author of the new book---Mothball Fleet on the Hudson---will tell us

why these ships were kept there. Come aboard the

Little Red Schoolhouse and enjoy his interesting and

intriguing Power Point picture program and book signing. 


Saturday, April 16, 2022

2 p.m. FREE to Public

Sponsored by The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society

(914) 736-7868

At The Little Red Schoolhouse

297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor 10567

Out of an abundance of caution, we request that all attending wear a mask.