FOX ISLAND HISTORY

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 The original lodge building consisted of a rustic-inspired cottage with an open full-width porch (Figure 4.49). The interior of the lodge featured antique

furnishings mostly designed by the furniture maker Gustav Stickley. In 1906, White persuaded the state to turn over to him a large duck marsh just offshore of the island (The New York Times 2007b).

Fox Island became a favorite seasonal hunting retreat of politicians and state leaders.

Senator Brown, a former State Senate leader, died on Fox Island in 1922 of an apparent heart attack (The New York Times 2007b).

Fox Island's Governor Horace White Lodge estate has had four owners since the 1905

partnership (The New York Times 2007a). After White's death in 1943, Mr. Marcellus and Clellan S. Forsythe purchased the property from the White estate (Thousand Islands Sun 1980).

It was sold in 1980 by Fox Island Realty Company, which was headed by Mr. Marcellus' son John, to S.C. Robinson of New Albany, Indiana, and Richard Mattox for $160,000 (Thousand Islands Sun 1980). The property included at that time an airstrip, a 12-room main lodge, a pheasant-rearing house, dog kennels, barns, a farmhouse, a caretaker's cottage, two large boathouses, a duck-decoy house, a boat shed and a pumphouse (Thousand Islands Sun 1980).

In the last two decades, the original main block of the lodge has been enlarged and expanded with the addition of lower flanking wings (TRC 2008). The estate recently sold in 2007 for $3.78 million (The New York Times 2007a).

A 40-piece collection of Gustav Stickley antique furnishings was also auctioned (The New York Times 2007b). The current owner plans to retain

the undeveloped character of the island (The New York Times 2007a).