Thursday, August 6, 2015

View’s House Tour by Boat May Be The Last

Fulton Chain great camp lodgeView, the arts center in Old Forge, has announced another opportunity to tour the interiors of some of the camps on the Fulton Chain.  During View’s annual House Tour by Boat twenty houseboats will depart at 10 am from the Old Forge Lakefront on Saturday, August 15, to take passengers to get an exclusive look at the grounds and interiors of the camps that boaters usually only observe from the water.

This may be the last year for the popular House Tour by Boat according to View organizers, who say it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find camp owners willing to participate who haven’t yet done so.

This year, the tour will include five camps on the Fulton Chain with Fieldstone Lodge on Fourth Lake as the main attraction. The historic great camp has been privately owned for 115 years. The estate was built by inventor Harry Marvin in about 1900. Marvin was a co-founder of the American Biograph Company and an associate of Thomas A. Edison. He invented a drill used in mining and perfected an automatic radio tuning system. Marvin’s son Daniel perished in the sinking of the Titanic.  His daughter-in-law survived as the last woman to leave the ship and returned to reside at Fieldstone.

Owners or representatives from each property will be there to share history, assist with tours and answer questions. Boats will be provided by volunteers.

The tour will take place rain or shine, and there is limited availability. Participants may bring their own refreshments. Advanced registration is required and the cost is $50 for View members and $60 for the general public. Proceeds benefit View, the arts center in Old Forge.

To reserve a seat on the tour and purchase a ticket call View at (315) 369-6411 or visit

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