The drive begins at the Time and the Valleys Museum to view the exhibition Tunnels, Toil and Trouble: NYC’s Quest for Water and the Rondout-Neversink Story, (currently open by appointment only) then to the Rondout and Neversink Reservoirs in Sullivan County, and then to the two reservoirs in Delaware County – the Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoirs. It includes an overview of NYC’s three water supply systems and an explanation of why the city needs upstate water.
All four reservoirs and the towns taken to build each of the reservoirs are explored through old photos and interesting text and facts, which help bring to life the lost towns and the building of the reservoirs.
The full-color, 12 page Driving Tour booklet is available for free at the Time and the Valleys Museum and by mail for $5. To receive a copy by mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org. It can also be printed out or downloaded online. For more information contact the Time and the Valleys Museum (845) 985-7700 or email email@example.com.
Photos, from above: Rondout Reservoir; and Cannonsville Reservoir provided.