Side Trip to Alexandria Bay, NY and Singer Castle on Dark Island July 16th

Driving the car again today up to Alexandria Bay — we actually were on the northern most part of Interstate 81 (which coincidentally we lived close to the southern end of this interstate in Tennessee). More Castle Tours — this time to the Singer Castle — built at the turn of the Century by one of the previous president’s of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, Frederick Borne, as a hunting lodge. The castle is now owned by a group of investors who has restored it as a tourist attraction. We took a boat to Dark Island from Alexandria Bay.

The boat took us through the Thousand Islands again, and we got to see some more small islands with only one house on them…

We entered the castle through the Cellar.

The breakfast room was built on later by one of Fredericks daughters, Marjorie, who lived in the castle after his death.

Several of the rooms had high ceilings — mainly because there were secret hallways behind the walls that connected a series of secret passageways. In the drawing room servants could look our the tilting picture to check on the guests.

The castle was built in 1903, and was modeled after the book “Woodstock” by Sir Walter Scott which had lots of hidden passageways like these.

There were alot of antique Singer sewing machines throughout the castle.

After another long day of touring, we stopped in Alexandria Bay to have some libations before heading back to the boat.

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We are loving life and our new adventure in retirement! We are very social people and want to invite all our friends and family to join us at anytime during this adventure of a lifetime!

2 thoughts on “Side Trip to Alexandria Bay, NY and Singer Castle on Dark Island July 16th

  1. Hey Baileys! I have enjoyed following along thru New York and the Erie Canal Passage, and the rest of your trip! You still look like you are having fun and have not reported any calamities lately. Just a comment, the Singer house with the secret passages was way cool! I would love to have gone to the boat museum too! Man that was a lot of beautiful mahogany!

    You both seem well, and so are we. We spent nearly two weeks in Middle TN and Kingsport visiting over the 4TH, which was our first visit back since Covid. Too long to be away from friends and family. Our summer is otherwise quiet. Elsa did no damage here and I hope she was kind to Bradenton! Hope you have a good passage thru the Lakes! Be careful and be safe!

    Stan Scroggin Mobile: 423-782-6620

    On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:21 AM Larry & Mary’s Great Loop Blog wrote:

    > labailey2020 posted: ” Driving the car again today up to Alexandria Bay — > we actually were on the northern most part of Interstate 81 (which > coincidentally we lived close to the southern end of this interstate in > Tennessee). More Castle Tours — this time to the Singer Castl” >

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    1. Hey Stan and Tish! Great to hear from you. Our house sustained no damage from Elsa either. We haven’t had any major issues, just small ones as is normal for boat ownership. One issue right now is our rear head seems to have an issue with keeping vacuum. The pump runs every hour or so — haven’t solved that one yet…Tightened what we could though. and it is not a problem with the duck valve as it is functioning well.

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