The descendants of a famous hotelier have donated some of his valuables to the public agency that operates the St. Lawrence River castle bearing his name.
George Boldt was the millionaire proprietor of Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel more than a century ago. In 1900, he began construction of a German-style castle in New York's Thousand Islands region, but halted the work four years later when his beloved wife died unexpectedly.
Today, the historic site is owned by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.
The Watertown Daily Times reports that Boldt's descendants recently donated a desk he used at the hotel and a collection of his silverware.
The bridge authority took over maintaining the castle in 1977 and has spent millions renovating the property, located on Heart Island Heart Island, just off Alexandra Bay in Jefferson County.