Join us for 2019 ShelterBox Ride!

Time to get back on the bikes! Join us for 2019 ShelterBox Ride. In case you don’t already know, The ShelterBox Ride is traditionally the first ride of the year for many cyclists in northern central NY. There are three separate rides of 53, 25, and 13 miles.

Aerial view – 1950s

In this view of the island from the 1950’s we can see several interesting changes that have happened here over the years. First off, the is indeed an island, with no connection to the mainland. The island was dependent on a fleet of boats to ferry everything and everyone from Henderson Harbor, some of which […]

Henderson Historical Society Event, August 11, 2018

http://www.hendersonhistoricalsociety.com/ Henderson Heritage Day &​ Juried Craft Show​ Saturday–August 11, 2018 ​ 9 AM to 3 PM​ Crafters-Food-Entertainment​ Hospice Walk-a-thon 8:30 AM​ Flag Ceremony 8:45 AM​ Tours of the Historic Buildings​ Silent Auction-9 AM to 2:15 PM​ Family Scavenger Hunt 9 AM to 2:15 PM​ Genealogist is in-9 AM to Noon​ Puppet Show 11 AM​ Music by “Tom 24” Ventiquattro​ Special […]

The Bar at the Black Catte

In the years that Association Island was operated by the YMCA, the Black Catte Café served up more family-friendly beverages than it did when General Electric was here. In this photo from the 1960's we see campers enjoying some cool refreshments at the bar-turned-lunch counter. For more on the rich history of the island, read […]

The Island Ferry Boats

When General Electric operated Association Island, they maintained an entire fleet of boats. It was necessary, as there was no road access in those days so everything and everyone needed to be transported across the bay from Henderson Harbor. Pictured here are the two largest ferry boats of the fleet, the Islander II and the […]

The Black Catte Café

The Black Catte Café was built as a bar and restaurant over 75 years ago. In this photo from 1940 we see many campers enjoying a break from the daily activities that General Electric had available to them. The wild carousing that took place at the bar is legendary, and helped cement the island's reputation […]

The Old Elm Tree

During the time that General Electric operated their retreats at Association Island, meetings would be held in the shade of this enormous elm tree, seen in this post card from 1954, where executives and common workers could freely discuss the issues of the day. This is also where the Elfun Society was created as a […]