After the tragic loss of George Boldt’s wife mid-construction, the six-story Boldt Castle stood stranded in time. For over seven decades, the home stood awaiting demolition but it was saved in the 1970s. Today it is open for tours but local legends say the home is haunted from its sorrowful past.
Mingling with high society in some of New York City’s most renowned hotels, George Boldt was proud of his occupation as manager of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. For many socialites, the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River was a wonderful summertime location for vacations and cottages.
George Boldt and his wife Louise had taken several summer getaways to Hart Island. In fact, it was while in the Thousands Islands area that Mr. Boldt discovered the locals favorite “Thousand Island Dressing” that he later introduced to the restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria where it soared in popularity.
In 1900, George decided to begin construction on an elegant castle for his wife to enjoy during the summer months. It would be six-stories complete with elegant woodworks, multiple fireplaces and even a pool in basement.
When Louise suddenly passed away in 1904, George ordered construction to stop immediately. He could not bear the thought of completing the home without his bride to enjoy it herself. The home and property sat abandoned from 1904 until 1977, long after George’s death.
In 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority purchased the home and began restoring it, even completing the rooms that were never finished. It took years to repair the home to operable condition and upgrades are still being done to this day.
The ghost of Louise Boldt, George’s wife is claimed to be the ghostly presence made in and around Boldt Castle. Mysterious footsteps and lights turning off and on in the empty house are just some of the odd occurrences. People passing by on boats have claimed to see a woman standing near the boathouse that resembles Louise.
Boldt Castle is located on Heart Island. The mansion and grounds are only accessible by boat or ferry.
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