Traveling the Thousand Islands

0 comments Posted on April 17, 2020

by Susan G Mathis

Have you heard of the magnificent Thousand Islands in Upstate New York? More than 1,800 islands are situated between New York and Canada in the St. Lawrence River. I grew up just seventeen miles from the Saint Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands. They’re one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to more than forty countries.

Until the mid 1800s, these islands were largely uninhabited until George Pullman, the entrepreneur who developed the railroad’s sleeping car, invited Pres. Ulysses S Grant to come for a vacation during his reelection campaign. Reporters followed, and they told the country how beautiful this area was, and that started a rush to buy islands and build massive summer homes, mansions, even castles. Resorts popped up, fishing guides got rich, and the islands became a place for the rich and famous of their day to spend their summers. Back then, grand parties and famous get-togethers happened all throughout the summer. Stories of intrigue, wonder, and fun filled its history, and there is much history to tell. But today, it’s a fantastic place to vacation! Add it to your bucket list; you’ll be glad you did.

Susan G Mathis is an award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in Upstate NY. Her first two books of The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, Devyn’s Dilemma and Katelyn’s Choice are available now, and she’s working on book three. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are also available. Visit for more.


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