Boldt Castle images of 6/28/14


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Boldt Castle Power House

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Alster Tower Playhouse

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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: www.unclesamboattours.com
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: www.claytonislandtours.com
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: www.abm.org
Phone: 315.686.4104

 

 

11 comments
  1. Fascinating place, sad history to it. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing this! ~SueBee

  2. Thanks for sharing all of that information! Sounds like a place to visit for sure!

  3. laurie27wsmith said:

    It’s like something out of Disneyland Michael.

    • Yap, just a little bit. Walt’s story ended very differently though. Both men had loads of money to build they’re dreams and created hug empires in there own rights to control.

      • laurie27wsmith said:

        Nothing like a bundle of money to make things right. 🙂

  4. Alix said:

    Thank you for a great story.

  5. Wow, excellent photos, what a wonderful place, I’d like to see it, too!

  6. Juliann said:

    We passed through Thousand Islands on our way to Ottawa, but didn’t spend any time there. I see we missed out and will have to make a return trip! Thanks for all the info. Very helpful.

    • Your very welcome and good luck on your adventure.

  7. Thanks for your like on my post! This is a great story with wonderful pictures!

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