Historic Sites

The 1000 Islands region was home to not only significant skirmishes between the U.S. and British-controlled Canada during the War of 1812, but its history as a vacation destination traces back to the Gilded Age, when many of world’s most wealthy and famous treated the region as their private playground. That history, along with major roles in the U.S. Prohibition and maritime ingenuity, has led to visitors trekking to the 1000 Islands to experience authentic heritage sites and attractions.

Gilded Age grandeur is no more prevalent than at the fairytale castles that stand today as visitor attractions. Learn how the rich and famous of the early 1900s enjoyed the 1000 Islands by visiting these formerly private island mansions.

The region’s maritime history is on display at several sites, including North America’s largest collection of antique and classic wooden boats. Museums dedicated to the region’s fishing and boating history, as well as military past, keep a true sense of why this area is so unique in its connection to water and wilderness.

War of 1812 battle sites and military fortifications still line the shorelines and are open for guided and self-guided tours.

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Adams, NY
Alexandria Bay, NY
Boldt Castle on Heart Island

Boldt Castle and Boldt Yacht House

Heart Island
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-482-2501
Toll Free: 800-8-ISLAND

Enjoy a self-guided tour or tour with your pre-purchased Souvenir Audio Guide, either way this 120-room Rhineland-style castle and yacht house built at the turn of the 20th century. Boldt Castle is home to one of the saddest love stories ever told. Wander the halls and imagine what could have been if tragedy had not struck. The castle is accessible by tour boat, water taxi and private watercraft and handicap accessible. Boldt Castle is located in the U.S. Passengers arriving by boat from Canadian ports must provide proper identification for U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance.

Operation Season: May - October

Athens, ON

Historic Murals of Athens

1 W. Main St
Athens, ON K0E 1B0

Phone: 613-924-2044

The Historic Murals of Athens were the first such attraction to be established in Ontario. Nine murals were painted by professional artists on the exterior walls of local businesses.

Operation Season: Year Round

Brockville, ON
Brockville Museum

Brockville Museum

5 Henry St.
Brockville, ON K6V 6M4

Phone: 613-342-4397
[email protected]

Brockville’s history is one of the prominent manufacturers, formidable wealth, fascinating historical figures and vivacious ordinary people, interconnected by a dynamic river. Come and discover our past in historic downtown Brockville. Open Victoria Day-Labour Day: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1pm-5pm; Winter Season: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Operation Season: Year Round

Brockville Railway Tunnel

1 King St. W.
Brockville, ON K6V 7A5

Phone: 613-803-5501
[email protected]

Brockville is home to Canada’s first railway tunnel, built between 1854 and 1860. Long unused, the railway tunnel is being repurposed to become an exciting and active attraction enabling visitors to enjoy walking, jogging, cycling or ride a tour train through the tunnel from end-to-end. The Tunnel, as part of Brockville’s new Railway Tunnel Park, will become an integral part of Brockville’s Brock Trail system.

The Tunnel will open for public use Aug. 11 as part of Brockville’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. The tunnel will stay open during daylight hours, spring through fall.

Fulford Place Museum

Fulford Place Museum

287 King St. E.
Brockville, ON K6V 1E1

Phone: 613-498-3003
[email protected]

Tour this Edwardian mansion filled with period artifacts owned by two generations of the Fulford family.  Learn about the family patent medicine business, enjoy their beautiful art and collectibles as well as stroll in the Italianate garden. Open daily during July and August; limited hours in fall, winter & spring – please call for information on hours. On-site gift shop with a variety of items. Tearoom open in summer – call for reservations. Spaces available to rent for events.

Operation Season: Year Round

Cape Vincent, NY

Cape Vincent Historical Museum

175 North James St.
Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Phone: 315-654-3094

Cape Vincent’s history is brilliantly displayed here. The building, which is one of the oldest in the village, housed the soldiers of the War of 1812. Handicapped accessible.

Chippewa Bay, NY
Singer Castle

Singer Castle

Dark Island
Chippewa Bay, NY 13623

Phone: 315-324-3275
Toll Free: 877-327-5475
[email protected]

Castle built by millionaire Frederick Gilbert Bourne of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. Take a 45-minute guided tour of the grounds and four floors of the castle. Check with area scenic boat tour operators for transportation availability or dock your own watercraft. (Please note: walking up steps is required to view the interior of the castle). Royal Suite for overnight lodging – great for a relaxing getaway or for newlyweds to use after their Singer Castle wedding, May 1 to Nov 1. Open for tours 7 days a week Mid-May – October 8th. Also open for groups by appointment.

Operation Season: May - October

Clayton, NY
Boat Museum displays

Antique Boat Museum

750 Mary St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-4104
[email protected]

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Antique Boat Museum features the largest collection of antique and classic boats on display in North America! While visiting the museum you can learn about boating history on the St. Lawrence River, row a St. Lawrence skiff in French Bay, tour George Boldt’s historic two-story houseboat and take a speedboat ride through the islands in a triple cockpit runabout. See website for event and education classes information.

Operation Season: May - November

Rock Island Lighthouse

42361 Rock Island West
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-775-6886
[email protected]

Historic 50-foot lighthouse, keeper’s dwelling and boathouse on a small island located between Alexandria Bay and Clayton. Lighthouse and keepers’ quarters open with museum and gift shop. Accessible by private vessel and tour boat. Weddings and special events-booking available. Mid-may – September.

Operation Season: May - September

Thousand Islands Museum

Thousand Islands Museum

312 James St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5794
[email protected]

Housing special exhibits of world class muskies and hunting decoys from the past and present. Museum gallery and library offers history of river life along the St. Lawrence. Only place in the world where you can purchase St. Lawrence Tartan. Located in the Historic District of downtown Clayton. Host to the annual Decoy and Wildlife Art Show. Gallery hours: Jan-May, open Tues & Wed, 10am-4pm. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm and 1-4pm Sunday. Labor Day-December: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm.

Operation Season: Year Round

Crysler, ON
Cannamore Orchards

Cannamore Orchard

1480 Co. Rd 32
Crysler, ON K0A 1R0

Phone: 613-448-3633
[email protected]

Pick your own and pre-picked strawberries in June, apples and pumpkins in September and October.  Spooky wagon rides in October.  We offer 25 kinds of  Cannamore Orchard made fudge, cider, honey, maple syrup, pies and more School and group tours are available.  Call for details! Farm museum on site.

Operation Season: June - October

Delta, ON
Old Stone Mill

Old Stone Mill National Historic Site

46 King St.
Delta, ON K0E 1G0

Phone: 613-928-2584
[email protected]

For all the sights and sounds of Ontario’s oldest operating stone gristmill, plan a visit to Delta’s 200-plus-year-old stone landmark, the Old Stone Mill! Designated in 1972 as a National Historic Site, it is equipped with operating milling machinery, a turning water wheel, and three floors of exhibitions. The Old Stone Mill is a educational and fun destination owned and operated by a non-profit organization that has spent 50 years restoring and preserving this important piece of Canadian heritage. The Mill is open daily between Victoria Day Weekend and Labour Day and by appointment in the off-season. Admission is free and tours are available from knowledgeable volunteers and helpful summer students.

Operation Season: May - December

Elgin, ON

Rideau Heritage Route

1671 Chaffeys Lock Rd
Rideau Canal
Elgin, ON K0G 1E0

Phone: 613-583-4783
[email protected]

The Rideau Heritage Route from Lake Ontario in Kingston to the Ottawa River winds its way through historic sites, charming villages, quaint attractions and spectacular recreation areas. Discover how the Rideau Canal has been connecting communities along the Rideau Heritage Route for almost 2 centuries, via a chain of lakes and rivers joined by man-made canals and locks for 202km. The Rideau Canal, along with the Kingston Fortifications and Fort Henry are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come cruise, paddle, hike, cycle and tour one of Canada’s best kept secrets.

Operation Season: Year Round

Gananoque, ON

Thousand Islands Boat Museum

125 Water St.
Gananoque, ON K7G 3E3

Phone: 613-382-8484

Waterfront museum showcasing collection of antique watercraft representing past, present and future maritime activities in the 1000 Islands. The museum, which first opened its doors in 2015, will surround the boat displays with galleries, a boat shop, nautical programming and activities.

Kingston, ON
Fort Henry

Fort Henry National Historic Site

1 Fort Henry Dr.
Kingston, ON K7K 5G8

Phone: 613-542-7388
Toll Free: 800-437-2233
[email protected]

Part of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunset Ceremonies are offered on Wednesday evenings (8:30 p.m. start) in July and August, plus a number of other special events throughout the year. Fort Henry’s regular season is from May  through August with the fall program running in September. Don’t forget to visit us in the fall for Fort Fright on select nights in October and November. It’s six weeks of ghoulish fun!

Operation Season: May - October

LaFargeville, NY
Maitland, ON

Homewood Museum

1372 Highway 2
Maitland, ON K0E 1P0

Phone: 613-348-1246
[email protected]

Built in 1799-1800, this grand two story house reflects the aspirations and accomplishments of seven generations of the Jones family, Loyalists who arrived in eastern Ontario in 1784. Take an informative guided tour, learn about the family’s history and accomplishments, and view period rooms with original furnishings and decor – from textiles and photographs to porcelain and furniture.

Open Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weeekend, Wednesday – Sunday 10am-4pm.

Operation Season: June - August

Mallorytown, ON
Mallory Coach House

Mallory Coach House

1523 Co. Rd 2
Mallorytown, ON K0E 1R0

Phone: 613-923-5140
[email protected]

The Mallory Coach House was built circa 1853 and has been used as a hotel, tavern, doctor’s office, farm house and as a residence. The attraction hosts art shows, provides a meeting place for local groups, and a place to showcase historical artifacts and documents. A garden and gazebo area are located behind the building. Visits can also be made by appointment.

Operation Season: June - September

Prescott, ON

Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada

370 Vankoughnet St.
Prescott, ON K0E 1T0

Phone: 613-925-2896
[email protected]

Discover  how soldiers and their families lived in the 1840’s in this original British fortification. Once inside the walls, visit the barracks, the powder magazine, and even the officer’s quarters and the latrines. Meet interpretive guides in period costumes who will be happy to tell you their story and demonstrate their skills. Try on a soldier’s uniform, take part in a military drill and watch a soldier fire a rifle. Visit the Visitor Centre that is featuring an 1812-era gunboat and an orientation video. Self-guided tours, guided tours and the Fire the Cannon experience available.

Operation Season: May - October

Sackets Harbor, NY
Sackets Harbor Battlefield

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site

504 W. Main St.
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685

Phone: 315-646-3634
[email protected]

Site of two battles of the War of 1812. Tour the furnished Commandant’s House (c. 1860) and Navy Yard Grounds, and visit the exhibit “Life on Board the Jefferson.” Living history demonstrations Wed-Sat (June-Aug). Gift shop and War of 1812 exhibits. Year-round interpretive trail, picnic pavilion and scenic views of Lake Ontario. Access at both 505 W. Washington St. and 504 W. Main St.

Operation Season: May - October

Watertown, NY
Burrville Cider Mill

Burrville Cider Mill

18176 Co. Rt. 156
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-7292
[email protected]

Open in time for Labor Day until the week before Thanksgiving, the Burrville Cider Mill is one of Jefferson County’s oldest establishments, built in 1801. As you tour the mill, you will be greeted by the sweet smell of the North Country’s best apple cider and freshly fried cider donuts still too hot to touch.

Operation Season: September - November

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