2015-04-19 - Old Croton Aqueduct Walk II - Part III
We reached Untermeyer Park and Gardens, and it was breathtaking as always. After a bathroom stop, we saw the memorial to policemen and firemen and walked to see the Temple of Love.
Samuel Untermeyer was the first lawyer in the country to earn a million dollars in fees on a single case. As an astute investor, he quickly grew rich. Over his life, he served as a trust-buster and advocated for regulation of stock exchanges. He was a prominent Jew and Zionist, and a national leader in the effort to boycott Germany and to destroy Hitler in the 1930′s. His wife was quite impressive too and fought for women’s suffrage. Untermeyer was also an expert gardener, renowned throughout the United States for it, and welcomed countless visitors to his estate. On a single day on October 30, 1939, 30,000 visitors came to see his free flower show.
The Walled Garden was open today and even without water or flowers, it did not disappoint.
A semi-hidden exit at the rear led to a long staircase down.
A few people took the long winding carriage road down instead of the steep, slippery hike.
That dropped us back on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in front of a broken-down building that looked like a gatehouse to the estate. A few people left soon afterwards, and the rest of us pushed on towards Lyndhurst and Tarrytown.