Other Places & Nearby Islands
The five-acre island in the St. Lawrence River, now known as ‘Heart Island,’ on which Boldt Castle stands was once called ‘Hemlock Island’ and was then owned by brothers Charles and John Walton of Alexandria Bay.
The Waltons sold Hemlock Island to Mr. Elizur Kirke Hart for $100 on July 31,1871. He then renamed the island ‘Hart Island.’
In 1872 Elizur Hart spent alot of time and money beautifying the grounds, and invested $10,000 to have a summer ‘cottage’ built.
Visit Hart Island
Soon after George Boldt purchased Hart Island, he immediately went to work beautifying the island. One of the first things he had done was to alter the shape of the island into more of a ‘heart-shape,’ and changed the name from ‘Hart Island’ to ‘Heart Island.’
The family spent several summers on Heart Island in the old summer cottage, while they made improvements. The Power-House was built to provide electricity to island buildings. The Hennery, or Dove-Cote, was built to house Mr. Boldt’s favorite birds, and the Arch part of a Peristyle was under construction. This was to be the entry to the island grounds.
Visit Heart Island
Wellesley, one of the largest of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, is home to a growing number of full-time residents. Population increases dramatically during the summer months. The island has two State Parks, a nature center, and three golf courses. Thousand Island Park is a historic community on Wellesley Island listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to Interstate 81, which connects two portions of the Thousand Islands Bridge, Jefferson County Routes 100 and 191 serve the island.
Visit Wellesley Island
From the stone quarries on Oak Island, Mr. Boldt employed more than 150 men in the operations involved with quarrying the huge granite blocks which were used to build Boldt Castle.
Visit Oak Island
Sunken Rock Island
Sunken Rock Lighthouse marks a submerged rock just off Alexandria Bay, NY. The lighthouse was built by constructing a foundation on top of the sunken rock and converting it into an island.
Visit Sunken Rock Island
The Singer Castle on
It was formerly called “The Towers”. Mr. Bourne was a former Singer Sewing Machine executive. This summer home, built of granite quarried at the Oak Island stone quarry, cost $500,000. It is located on Dark Island about halfway between Alexandria Bay, NY and Brockville, Ontario Canada.
Visit Dark Island
Honeymoon Island Legend
One John Brown inquired about buying a small island. Found one near Oak Island. Bought it for $500.00 and built a small cabin on it. In the spring, John Brown arrived with his bride, rented a skiff from George Forrester, loaded his provisions and new wife aboard. That was the last that was ever seen of either Brown or his wife. The skiff was found at George’s dock but nothing else was ever found.
Price Is Right Island
Price Is Right Island was given away in 1964, by Bill Cullen on the “Price Is Right” television game show.
While doing research on this story, I found more evidence to suggest that this is just a story, or urban legend, and in fact probably never really occured. A great story just the same.
In 1900, Ingleneuk (now called Temagami) one of the Cedar Islands, was deeded to the famous painter and author, Frederick Remington. The following states how Mr. Remington felt about being at the island, “on the river”.
Oh, I am itching to get up on that island but it’s three months yet. I look forward to it like a school boy. I want to get out on those rocks by my studio in a bathrobe in the early morning when the birds are singing and hop in among the bass. When I die my heaven is going to be something like that. Every fellow’s imagination taxes up a Heaven to suit his tastes and I’d be mighty good and play this earthly game according to the rules if I could get a thousand eons of something just like that.”
A few years after the Civil War ended, the need fora lighthouse to warn ships against rocks was realized. Built in 1870 of native limestone. William Dodge was the first keeper, then passing the position to his son. Between them the Dodge family were lighthouse keepers for 51 years. When the seaway opened the navigational guide was replaced with a buoy. The Gavel family are the current owners.
Did you know there are actually over 1,800 islands (1,864 to be exact) that make up the 1000 Islands region? To become an official part of the count, an island must meet two criteria: it must be above water 365 days a year and it must support two living trees. Ferries or bridges provide access to Wellesley, Hill, Wolfe and Howe Islands.
The islands are unique, offering a wonderful recreation experience that spans two nations. Each island has its own individuality, with features such as stately granite cliffs, soft sandy bays, tall dark pines, and vibrant maple trees – it’s a sightseer’s paradise. Many islands are privately owned but ample public access can be found at island parks and villages throughout the region.
Crossover Island Lighthouse
Located in the middle of the channel between the U.S. and Canada. The name is derived from being at a point where the navigational channel crosses from the U.S. side to the Canadian. Completed in 1847. In April 1941, the light was abandoned. In 1969 the Dutchers became the owners, making repairs and improvements. It has since been sold.
Visit Crossover Island
The Islands In History
It was French explorers who named the region. Vacationers discovered the islands in the 1870s, when wealthy people began to build summer homes while other travelers came to stay in large hotels. For more than a century the area has been a mecca for summer visitors. In the more distant past the islands were stepping stones between New York State and the Province of Ontario – in times of trouble between Canada and the United States, a place of refuge and a setting for disreputable deeds.
The Garden Of The Great Spirit
An Indian legend tells of two powerful gods, one good and the other evil, who argued fiercly over which one of them would rule the land and the mighty St. Lawrence River. The argument became an earth-shaking combat, when each tore huge handfuls of rock from the face of the earth to heave furiously across the river at each other. A great many fistfuls were thrown, most of which fell short of their target, to land in and about the river. Finally, good triumphed, and evil spirits were forever banished from the land. Under an enchanted spell, forests flourished on the thousand chunks of rugged rock which had fallen into the river.
The rocks became the Thousand Islands:
Manitouana, the Garden of the Great Spirit.
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