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Iona Island-Presentation by Doc Bayne


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The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Join Us for

Iona Island
A Presentation by Doc Bayne

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:15 SHARP
Where: HSRC, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $FREE (reservations required)

In addition to being part of the Hudson River National Estaurine Research Reserve, Iona Island and its associated tidal wetlands ahve been designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

In this program, Doc Bayne sheds light on this fascinating island in preparation for our "Walk through History" on May 12. Doc explores the island's forgotten history, from its prehistoric Native Americans occupation through the colonial farms and settlements of Salisbury, and then Weygant's, island, as Iona was known. In the late 1800s, the island attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel, and picnic grounds. Iona served as a major U.S. Navy arsenal from 1900 to 1965. When the Palisades Interstate Park Commission took possession in 1965, much of the island and surrounding marshes became a wildlife preserve.

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.

Click the ticket link or you can email us at info@rocklandhistory.org; call (845) 634-9629; or complete the PDF form at RocklandHistory.org and return it to:

Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956

As a courtesy to our guest speaker, please arrive early to avoid interruptions. The presentation will begin promptly at 7:15 pm. Latecomers with reservations may forfeit their seats. Walk-ins will be admitted only if space permits.


The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York. www.RocklandHistory.org