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Abandoned Gilded Age Villa on 6.9 Acres of Private Island Finds Buyer After Years! Photos Inside!

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

Real Estate Description

This Carleton Island Villa is on 6.9 acres, has three waterfronts 198' in front of the Villa, North Bay 287' and South Bay 330'. The home has not been lived-in in over 70 years. It has a stone foundation and wood frame upper floors have deterioration. There is electricity to the Island and water is taken from the River although there are no utilities connected to the Villa. The Villa was constructed around 1895 and was used until around 1927. Around the World War Era, contractors were allowed to go in and remove the interior and the doors and windows leaving the Villa to the elements.

11 Bedrooms, 15,000 Sq Foot, 6.9 Acres

Carleton Is Lot 1, Cape Vincent, NY 13618


In 1890s Wyckoff Villa was built by William O. Wyckoff, a sales agent for E. Remington and Sons, who later formed the Standard Typewriter Manufacturing Company, Incorporated in 1886. Designed by William Henry Miller, the 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2), 11-bedroom Richardsonian Romanesque-Tudor Revival hybrid mansion was occupied briefly as Wyckoff died a day after moving into it in 1895. The property was briefly held by General Electric, which had intended to transform it into a corporate retreat; however, these plans were abandoned during World War II. The mansion is crumbling; removal of windows and doors during World War II left it open to the elements and both the stone foundation and the wooden upper floors have deteriorated.

Buyer plans to restore the property.

Photos of the Property Today:

Photos of Property in 1890's:

Many examples of the "Summer Cottage" like Carleton Villa were built in the Thousands Islands Region of New York. If you are interested in seeing more examples, some restored, check out The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands

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If someone has the money and is willing to restore it , then its their business and GOOD for them !!


This makes my heart sad. Once upon a time, this was someone's home. Such a tragedy that a gift was left to deteriorate.


I agree with snobbery. Tear it down!!! A shame but a

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Thank you, Dawnlenz96. You responded much more politely than I would!


this is tremendously sad


Looking beyond just the damage you can see, there is absolutely TONS of structural damage that you can't see in these pictures. THIS place IS NOT SALVAGABLE in my opinion. Even completely restored it would NOT be worth what it cost to restore it. So sad to see such a lovely home gone to COMPLETE HELL!!

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Could do a replica rebuild. 😉

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