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Thousand Island Park, New York

A remarkable survival of a nineteenth-century village, largely unchanged for more than a century, Thousand Island Park retains a rich collection of charming cottages. More than a museum village, however, the Park is a lively community, affording many activities for families.

Thousand Islands Park developed as a religious camp meeting ground before advent of automobiles, when Wellesley Island was accessible only by water. Lots were small, suitable for tents. This was, and still is, largely a pedestrian community where all are within easy walking distance of the common facilites--dock, beach, playground, corner soda fountain. Today electric golf carts are often used, but strolling is a pleasure, as the front porch provides social interaction.

A robust preservation movement at the Park has contributed to a remarkable renaissance. Most historic buildings have been restored and are beautifully maintained. A stroll through the quiet lanes takes one back to another time.

The Park is not merely a serene place for oldsters on veranda rocking chairs, but is a vibrant place for youngsters--truly a family resort for all generations.

A remarkable survival of a nineteenth-century village, largely unchanged for more than a century, Thousand Island Park retains a rich collection of charming cottages. More than a museum village, however, the Park is a lively community, affording many activities for families.

Thousand Islands Park developed as a religious camp meeting ground before advent of automobiles, when Wellesley Island was accessible only by water. Lots were small, suitable for tents. This was, and still is, largely a pedestrian community where all are within easy walking distance of the common facilites--dock, beach, playground, corner soda fountain.

Today electric golf carts are often used, but strolling is a pleasure, as the front porch provides social interaction.A robust preservation movement at the Park has contributed to a remarkable renaissance. Most historic buildings have been restored and are beautifully maintained. A stroll through the quiet lanes takes one back to another time. The Park is not merely a serene place for oldsters on veranda rocking chairs, but is a vibrant place for youngsters--truly a family resort for all generations.

Few cars and absence of through traffic make the Park kid-friendly.

Unfortunately, the "Guzzle," an old fashion ice cream bar, restaurant, and supply depot, was destroyed by fire in the summer of 2014.  Thanks to quick action by several community fire departments, the fire was contained, but the actual Fire Department and its equipment were destroyed.  

A committee was immediately struck to help design and build new facilities.(Watch for more information will be published as it is circulated) 

The public dock is a center of activity. A restored pavilion on the dock provides quarters for a yacht club and accomodates other community functions.

Summer homes here are not grandiose, but require devoted maintenance of the fragile detail.

The Holden Library, designed by a noted American architect, has been proudly restored as one of the community's assets.A treasure of Thousand Island Park is the cottage of Swami Vivekanda. Still the property of his followers as a shrine and pilgrimage site. (See: TI Life articles by Trude Fitelson.

The charm of Thousand Island Park derives in large part from the sense of community, represented by the life of the street and front porch.

At the main intersection of the Park a historic hotel and shops activate the community center.