Daily Archives: July 14, 2014

Boldt Castle, located on Heart Island in the Thousand Islands of the Saint Lawrence River, along the northern border of New York State, is a major landmark and tourist attraction in this region. Heart Island is part of the Town of Alexandria, in Jefferson County. When me and my oldest son M-C and his cousin Pat were in this area we took a cruse around Heart Island in our 18 foot boat and these are some of the images that we came away with. We did not stop and take the tour ashore but we had a peaceful adventure anyway. I have bean on the tours before many years ago and I did find the place quit neat to visit. Hope you all enjoy the images and the brief history of this wonderful place. Boldt Castle 03 At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island.  The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise. georgeboldt1 Beginning in 1900, the Boldt family spent summers in the 1000 Islands at the Boldt Families Wellesley House near Mr. Boldt’s Wellesley Island Farms while 300 workers including stonemasons, carpenters, and artists fashioned the six story, 120 room castle, complete with tunnels, a powerhouse, Italian gardens, a drawbridge, alster tower (children’s playhouse) and a dove cote. Not a single detail or expense was spared. Boldt Castle 09 In January 1904, tragedy struck. Boldt telegraphed the island and commanded the workers to immediately “stop all construction.” Louise had died suddenly. A broken hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his beloved. Boldt never returned to the island, leaving behind the structure as a monument of his love. boldtfamily1 For 73 years, the castle and various stone structures were left to the mercy of the wind, rain, ice, snow and vandals. When the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977, it was decided that through the use of all net revenues from the castle operation it would be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. Since 1977, several million dollars have been applied to rehabilitating, restoring and improving the Heart Island structures. Boldt Castle 02 Boldt Castle Power House Boldt Castle 04 Alster Tower Playhouse Boldt Castle 13 Boldt Castle 12 Boldt Castle 10 The Boathouse If anyone is interested and in this area any time this year here is some additional information that might help your trip and or for planning:

2014 Hours of Operation

Boldt Castle

May 10-June 20: 10:00am - 6:30pm

June 21-Aug 31: 10:00am - 7:30pm

Sept 1-Sept 28: 10:00am - 6:30pm

Sept 29-Oct 13: 10:00am - 5:30pm

Oct 14-Oct 19: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Special Hours: The Castle will remain open until 7:30pm on May 24th and 25th. It will also remain open until 6:30pm on October 11th and 12th.

Boldt Castle Yacht House

May 10 - Sept 28: 10:30am - 6:30pm

For more info: 1.800.847.5263  

Boat tours from both the U.S. and Canada stop at Heart Island. Extensive docking is available for private pleasure craft. A shuttle from Heart Island provides access to the Boldt Castle Yacht House.

Adult – $8.50 (13+ years) Child – $6.00 (6-12 years) Infant – $0.00 (5 years and under) US Funds** For information on group rates please call 1-315-482-2501, or write the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, Collins Landing, PO Box 428, Alexandria Bay, New York 13607. ***No Pets are allowed on Heart Island or the Boldt Yacht House with the exception of registered service animals.***

Yacht House Rates:

Adult – $5.00 (13+ years) Child – $3.00 (6-12 years) Infant – $0.00 (5 years and under) US Funds** A shuttle from Heart Island provides access to the Boldt Castle Yacht House.

Special Package Rate:

Visit both Boldt Castle and the Boldt Castle Yacht House. Adult – $11.00 (13+ years) Child – $7.00 (6-12 years) Infant – $0.00 (5 years and under) **Canadian currency accepted at posted rate of exchange. Admission prices are subject to change.**

Tour Boat Operators from the U.S.:

Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Alexandria Bay, New York, USA Web-Site: Phone: 315.482.2611 or 1-800-253-9229 Daily Departures: every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00am Clayton Island Tours, Clayton, New York, USA Web-Site: Phone: 315-686-4820 Please call for Schedule. Visit the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, New York, USA Tour George Boldt’s La Duchesse and take a speed boat ride on the St. Lawrence River. Web-Site: Phone: 315.686.4104