One of America’s hidden treasures, Boldt Castle located on beautiful Heart Island in the Thousand Islands region of New York captures the drama and mystery of an age long past, from it’s rich dramatic history to its romantic roots and its tragic end.
Construction began on the castle that would serve as a labor of love in 1900 by George Boldt as a gift to his wife Louise. He had planned to construct a six story castle with tunnels, 120 rooms, gardens, pool, children’s playhouse, and other buildings all around the island. But, in 1904 all work on the castle came to a halt as Louise had suddenly passed away unexpectedly.
George Boldt ended construction on the home he had begun for his beloved Louise and himself. Heartbroken at the loss of his wife, he could no longer imagine returning to the island or completing the castle. He left the island and never returned.
Unfortunately, from that time until the 1970’s the castle stood alone and abandoned except the occasional company of birds, vandals, and small animals. Thankfully, the 1000 Islands Bridge Authority recovered the property and began restoration procedures to save the castle from a lonely future. Now, it serves as a retreat for lovers and dreamers of all ages to enjoy and discover the love of a husband for his wife.
The castle hours of operation are:
- 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
It has become a popular location for weddings, honeymoons, retreats, and day visits. Take the shuttle boat or take one of the thousand islands cruises that stop off at the island. Tickets are $8.50 for adults, kids ages 6-12 pay $6.00 and kids under 5 are free. You can spend as much time as you want in the beautifully restored and furnished rooms.
Take a step back into the 1900’s and imagine what it would have been like to live in this beautiful location. Snap pictures on the Grand Staircase, visit the Ballroom, and see the servant’s quarters. Boldt Castle is a place where history and fantasy meet the reality of a true love story that no longer has a tragic end as we all become a part of the castle’s love story.