Quiet Times at Boldt Castle, Thousand Islands, NY

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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My parents, as yet unmarried, at Boldt Castle, Alexandria Bay. Gladys Dorothy Elson (1912 – 1996) & Charles William McConnell (1910 – 1979) would not be wed for another four years, but that didn’t stop them from taking a lengthy trip with their chaperones, Gladys’s best friend Sue Morgan & her brother Bill, in September of 1932. They traveled across the St. Lawrence River, visited the Thousand Islands, went on to Quebec & had a host of adventures along the way. My dad favored this jaunty look in those days. I think he still had a pair of these knickerbockers in his closet when I was a kid. Boldt Castle was a romantic stop, not to be missed ~ an enormous representation of a Rhineland castle built on Heart Island by millionaire hotelier George C. Boldt. It was begun in 1900 as a gift for his wife Louise, but when she died in 1904, work was suspended, & the castle abandoned. When my parents were there, it was something of a ruin, but it had been open to the public since 1918. Vandalism & general neglect had taken their toll, but it remained a destination. It wasn’t until 1977 & the takeover by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority that restoration began. Now it is a jewel in the Thousand Islands’ crown. More about the castle & the island can be found here .

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