"History is an inspiration for the present and
for the future. We ought to retain a physical, living record of how people
overcame challenges, because that gives us confidence to overcome challenges in
our time. That's what preservation means to me. If you take the artifacts away,
the setting away, and all the places away, how can you communicate with that
Fortunately, we are witnesses to a revival of the river as we become more aware of the beauty of the Hudson and as there is a collective feeling of responsibility to preserve its shores and waterways. All along the Hudson, we can witness a rebirth of the original settlers’ awe of what they discovered and we find that communities are joining forces to once again settle along its banks while restoring its shoreline for future generations to enjoy.
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The Ossining Boat and Canoe Club was founded in 1915. At first it doesn't sound like it was that long
ago, but then we realize that cars were not all that common and that the highways in our area were not yet
built. There were no malls or shopping centers and all goods where bought on Main Street or from a
catalogue. The Tappan Zee Bridge would not exist to take us to the other side of the river for another
forty years. Canoeing was an active national sport in those days and the club put a group in the water
called the “Black Hawks”. This team competed as far away as Canada in a four man racing canoe.
Some recent renovations to the club property include: a newly constructed ramp from the clubhouse to the docks, ample docking space for visitors and boaters in distress, and a completely refurbished upper deck offering magnificent views of the Hudson River and its shores. In addition to these, heating and air-conditioning were added to the club building.
Today the clubhouse is owned by the Town of Ossining, and is exclusively
licensed to the
The boat basin itself is not so different from the days of the original site though modern moorings have replaced the wooden tree poles of the past. The club's location on the east bank of the Tappan Zee has always provided sailors with miles of open water and fishermen with ample fishing spots.
The club was concieved so that members could have access to the river at a reasonable rate.
In order to maintain these reasonable rates all clubhouse maintenance and repairs are completed by the
membership. There have always been two classifications of membership - working and
associate. To accommodate schedules that do not allow for volunteer work hours, a third status was added as
non-working. Our application form requests that the applicant list his or her skills and professions - in that
way we make use of an invaluable pool of resources.
As the club flourished over the years, it has recognized the importance of community involvement and so it has embraced several community-based projects. Some of these projects include working with the US Safety Foundation of Boat US. The clubhouse also hosts the Ossining Community Sailing Club and US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla #6-7 which sponsors boat safety and navigation courses to the members and the public at large. In addition, the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club is host to the Ossining American Legion and VFW Ceremony honoring those servicemen and women buried at sea.