The Narrows

The Narrows refers to a series of islands within the narrowing of the Lake, between Tongue Mountain to the west and Shelving Rock, or Black Mountain, to the east.

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Protruding south into Lake George, the Tongue Mountain range splits Lake George into Northwest Bay and the Narrows. Several islands occupy the space between Tongue Mountain and Shelving Rock to the east. This was a more remote part of the lake, yet many of the islands were occupied.

One of the more intriguing stories about the Island is the story of the Hermit of Phantom Island. Artist John Henry Hill, a second generation landscape painter of the Hudson River School of Art, occupied the island. In one of Stoddard’s later editions, he suggests that Hill went mad with loneliness.


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