- What: A Victorian cottage and grounds owned originally by Elizabeth Dutcher. The site marks a week-long visit in 1895 by the revered Hindu swami Vivekananda. The property was purchased by The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center in 1947 as a spiritual retreat.
- Where: Wellesley Island, Thousand Island Park, NY. Jefferson County
- When: 1895, 1947 - Present
- Contact: This site closed to the public. Vivekananda Cottage and Retreat: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center / 17 East 94th Street / New York, NY 10128
- Phone: (212) 534-9445
- Web: http://www.ramakrishna.org
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Vivekananda Cottage - Wellesley Island, NY
In Thousand Island Park, one of the most pristine communities in the entire North Country, you will find architecture that is at least a century old and a life style thatís about the same. Gingerbread details and Victorian colors adorn the cottages; golf carts and bicycles are the predominant means of getting around town all summer long. On a hill overlooking the village is one cottage with a very special history, where Swami Vivekananda, a follower of the Ramakrishna sect of Hinduism, spent the summer of 1895, teaching and preaching his inspired lessons. Since the 1940s, the sect has owned the cottage, now a summer retreat for Vivekanandaís successor and his followers from around the world. The second floor bedroom of the cottage where Swami Vivekananda studied and wrote is maintained as a shrine to him and a place for contemplation. A rock and tree about a quarter mile back of the cottage is the site where the original swami spoke to his followers of his divine inspirations.
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Poster of Swami Vivekananda from his two year speaking tour to United States, 1893-1895 [Photo courtesy of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York]
Former bedroom of Swami Vivekananda at Vivekananda Cottage, now maintained as shrine and place for contemplation poster
Followers of Vivekananda gathered at Vivekananda Rock & Tree during celebration of centennial of swami's visit to Thousand Island Park, 1995 [Photo courtesy of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York]
Followers of Vivekananda recreate his 1895 blessing of the Thousand Islands at their centennial celebration, 1995. [Photo courtesy of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York]