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Boldt’s Castle

Children’s playhouse at Boldt’s Castle

Mrs. Boldt’s bedroom

After leaving the casino, we picked up the Seaway Scenic Trail along Lake St. Lawrence River, which separates the U.S. and Canada. It was an excellent road and we enjoyed occasional glimpses of the Lake and the small villages. We saw thousands of apple orchards, which seemed strange, but became clear when we saw the Mott plant in Oswego.

We stopped at Alexandria Bay, a really neat tourist town and hub of the Thousand Islands district. Here, the wealthy of the early 1900s built huge mansions and the rich and famous stayed. We took a ferry over to the George Boldt mansion. This is a fascinating story of the proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel who built a fabulous mansion on a heart-shaped island for his beloved wife. She suddenly died at an early age and he deserted the unfinished mansion and it deteriorated for 50 years before being purchased by the Thousand Island Bridge Authority and renovated. You can read all about it and see the pictures at

We left the St. Lawrence River area and entered the Lake Ontario coast at Sackets Harbor where we spent the night.

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