Edited to add: I was out of town in Atlanta on a business trip all last week but had this post set to publish early in the week. For some reason it didn’t go through while I was away. So now I’m back and here you go, better late than never I guess! ;)
We had a great weekend in Alexandria Bay. The weather was cool and sunny. Just perfect!
Tonya from Hillbilly Handiworks suggested I share some of my photos of Boldt Castle, and I’m happy to oblige.
If you’re not familiar with the story of Boldt Castle, you can read more about it here.
Briefly, the story goes that in 1900 millionaire George Boldt commissioned this castle to be built on Heart Island as a summer home for he and his beloved wife, Louise. In 1904, more than half way through the construction process Louise died suddenly at the age of 42. George was so broken hearted he sent a telegram to the construction crew to stop all work and leave the island immediately. He never returned to the island or had the castle finished.
The castle was left as is for more than 70 years, unprotected from the elements and vandals.
In 1977 the property was acquired by the Thousand Island Bridge Authority, which immediately began rehabilitating the castle.
Mike has never been to the castle, while I have been 4 times over the years.
Today many of the rooms are completely restored and furnished in a manner appropriate to the period.
The grand staircase was the first area to be restored.
Check out the elaborate plaster work on the ceilings and walls!
I was simply amazed at the progress that had been made just in the 4 years since I last visited, not to mention since I was a teen visiting the island for the first time.
The bedroom suites for George and Louise were newly completed. I was enthralled by Louise’s room…..
Love that shade of blue on the walls!
George’s room was very masculine, but much darker and difficult to get a good photo of.
The bathroom was gorgeous!
I laughed when I saw this chair! It looks like something any one of us would have in our home. Love the whitewash and the distressed finish.
(The yellow rope was there so nobody could sit in it.)
The dining room was fully furnished with a gigantic table and chairs.
This china cabinet showcased the serving pieces.
I got a close up for my plate loving friends….
This piece was in the dining room too. It is huge!
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Boldt Castle. Be sure to visit the official website for some really wonderful photos.