Recluse Island

The home of solitary bachelor Rufus Wattles, this place was the subject of a hoax that had people around the nation thinking this small island sunk.

Recluse Island by Seneca Ray Stoddard. Courtesy of the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library.

Recluse Island was the home of wealthy bachelor Rufus Wattles. The island was popularized in 1868 when it was the subject of a hoax. It was early January 1868 and newspapers around the state and elsewhere reported “the sudden sinking of Recluse Island near Bolton, Lake George.”



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