Despite being a two working parent household, we have managed to fit in a lot of fun things this summer. Today I’m going to show you some of our day at Boldt Castle.
The history of Boldt Castle is a very sad one. George Boldt bought the island for his wife Louise, and designed the castle to be gifted to her on Valentine’s Day. Lousie, sadly, passed away before construction was complete. George halted all construction the day she died and the castle and grounds were left unprotected from time and the elements. That was in 1904.
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In the late 1970s the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority purchased Heart Island, where Boldt Castle is located, in hopes of preserving the island and castle for future generations. The original plan was to restore the castle to the state it was in the day construction was halted, however the restoration has continued past that point. Some of George Boldt’s personal possessions are now on display in the beautifully redone lower levels of the castle.
These are completed rooms on the main floor, and the stained glass dome which is a full reconstruction.
If you know anything of the story of George Boldt, you’ll know he had hearts designed into every aspect of the castle. The original name of the island on which Boldt Castle was built was in fact Hart Island, but George Boldt had the spelling changed to Heart Island. You can see the heart motif everywhere in the castle’s architecture and grounds.
The castle and grounds are not large, so we got through everything in the 2 hours allotted us by the boat cruise we took. I could have stayed longer, but everyone else was ready to go. On the way back, our boat cruise took us further into the 1000 islands to see some interesting sights, then looped back past the castle and took us back to port. The day was a bit hazy for shots across the water, but I really enjoyed framing some shots of the beautiful homes along the water.
Visit my FB page for more photos of our day. (Click the Photos tab and you’ll see Boldt Castle as an album.) I find it quite a challenge to get some great, neat shots at popular tourist attractions. There are always a lot of people to try to avoid, both in the photos, and while looking through the camera and moving around to frame a great shot!
Read more about George Boldt, and Boldt Castle:
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Have you visited Boldt Castle, or taken a 1000 Islands boat cruise? It’s a beautiful way to spend a day. Share your experiences with me in the comments!
*This post was not sponsored by Boldt Castle, or any boat lines. I chose to write about our experience because we had a great time.*
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So romantic with all the hearts – I wish he had finished his dream in memory of his wife. So sad that he didn’t. Great post! MMBC
Thanks Carol. I’ve always enjoyed exploring the castle. I think I’ve been 3 or 4 times in my life, and taking the kids made it more special!
I absolutely love a castle! It’s so sad to hear the history of this one though, I’m glad it’s been shown some love after never being completed.
Thanks for joining in with us, guest hosting has been so much fun! #GlobalBlogging
I love castles too! I would love to travel to Scotland and area and see the “real” castles. Thanks for the comment Heather.
So interesting! I love history and buildings like this. I have to click over and find out where this is. I’m thinking somewhere in a Canadian province?
Boldt castle is in the 1000 Islands, which is in the St Lawrence Seaway. Heart Island is technically in New York state – we had to show our passports when we got off the boat. We got to it from Rockport, ON – partway toward Brockville from Kingston Ontario. You can also get there from Alexandria Bay in New York state. It’s a really beautiful area.
Oh wow! How gorgeous! #globalblogging
This looks really cool. I’ve never heard of it before, but will keep it in mind if we are ever in that area. #libiteverything
Hi Jess, what a sad story! It’s nice the castle has now been finished, it looks quite beautiful. I love the fact there are hearts built into the designs around the castle.
Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.
It looks beautiful!
It really is – castles are pretty romantic!
What a great trip! It looks like such an interesting place and wonderful to get away with the family.
Taking the girls was a lot of fun. They’ve really improved their stamina for these days of walking. I’m glad they take after their mom in that! 😉
That looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon!
It was a great day for it – not too hot! Exploring the grounds is just as fun as wandering inside the castle.
Looks like a good time! Thanks for sharing!!
I love sharing my experiences – plus it’s a good excuse to practice my photography! 😉
What a majestic space. I am so jelly right now. Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging
It is a very pretty place. And I love this linkup!
It looks like a fairytale castle – just beautiful. Sarah #ExplorerKids
It really is beautiful. I was glad we took the girls to visit!
What a beautiful castle! I love the dome roof window. It’s so beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids x
Happy to link up Su!
Great idea to use a gallery for a blog post! it must have been a beautiful day.
I love taking photos. Being able to edit them and lay them out for a blog post is rewarding for me. And it really was a beautiful day.