Feature Friday - Singer Castle, Thousand Islands, New York
Singer Castle, Thousand Islands, New York
Singer Castle on Dark Island in the Thousand Islands, New York, was the last stop on our tour of Pennsylvania and New York. It is the only castle on the Saint Lawrence River to be completed and resided in during the days of builders and industrials in New York.
Singer Castle is located near Chippewa Bay, only a few yards from the Canada-United States border. It is about 100 feet from the shipping channel. It is a a great spot for fishing, largemouth bass and northern pike, since the channel is deep on one side and shallow on the other.
The Bourne Family were the original owners of Singer Castle from 1905 until the 1960s.
Frederick Bourne was the 5th President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company and many of them are found throughout the castle.
Singer Castle was being built at the same time Boldt Castle was under construction. Granite from Oak Island was used for the castle.
Mr. Bourne planned to surprise his wife Emma and their children with a hunting retreat. He purchased Dark Island in 1902. The castle, originally known as "The Towers" cost $500,000 to build.
Italian stone masters shaped the granite. The castle is 4 stories with 28 rooms, a four-story Tower, and a boathouse.