There is plenty of history in this area of New York State along the Connecticut border. Plaques abound showing the location of Revolutionary War battles, old mills, ancient mines, and that George Washington slept here. In some cases the structures have remained intact all of these years and in other cases there is minimal evidence of their existence.
Our area is home to the Croton Branch of the New York City water supply system with some seven or eight reservoirs all within thirty minutes of each other. The earliest reservoirs date back to approximately the mid-1800s and later. In all cases dams were built and farmland was flooded, even villages moved as was the case with Katonah.
Once in a while there is maintenance and repair performed on these dams and as a result the water level is lowered considerably. This is the situation with a reservoir down the road from me. The level is the lowest that I have seen since the early 1960s and prompted me to record a few features that were revealed for the first time in ages not unlike the opening of a giant time capsule. One object that caught my attention was the beautiful old stonework that was part of a bridge long before the reservoir was built. Old stonewalls outlining farm pastures and preserved tree trunks were also revealed at this time giving an impression of what the old landscape used to look like.
Since these photos were taken in March the water level has been allowed to increase to the point where all of the stonework of the old bridge is now totally submerged and possibly will never be revealed again in my lifetime. Here's a brief look at what's been underwater for many decades.