Heart Island Travel Guide

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    by davecallahan Updated Aug 6, 2007

    This eleborate structure is probably the most known of the notable private homes in all of the thousand islands. It was originally constructed by orders from George Boldt (Waldorf Astoria proprietor in the early 1900s). Construction went on for four years until Mrs. Boldt died and George was so sad that he could not continue the project. In the 1970s, the Thousand Island Bridge Authority bought this island and several others and has continuously made annual improvements to the property.

    Visitors can tour the castle (for a reasonable fee and usually as part of a thousand islands tour package) and see the inside of the magnificent structure. The exterior is impressive with spires and ramparts; the interior is huge rooms and vaulted ceiling. A stained glass dome has been installed that illuminates with beautiful spectra. Marble statues adorn the marble floors and grand entrance way and up to the hand carved woodwork for the master stairway.

    The rooms on the main floor are not furnished in period pieces but in more modern style which gives the rooms a slightly strange appearance. Other floors are available for viewing but are not furnished and are mostly roped off so that you can see without entering. A few rooms are set up like miniature museums of local history and art.

    The tour of the building takes a good hour and more if you take a walk around the property (which I recommend because of he fine scenery and panoramas of the waterfront). The tour of the castle is $5 (and another fee for the grounds and other properties). Usually this is included in the cost of a thousand islands tour package like the one from Uncle Sam's Boat Tours (www.unclesamboattours.com)

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