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 […]
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 […]
We are have a New You Tube Channel for Association Island. Our First Video Showcases the History of Association Island and the Renovation to a Campground.
The Drive across the Causeway is spectacular!
The causeway was eventually built in 1968 by the YMCA.
For you Early Birds, our Sunrises are just as Amazing!!
Happy Mother's Day!
Johnathan Croyle, writer from Syracuse.com and NewYorkUpstate.com wrote a great article about the island History and renovations. Here is the Link: GE Retreat to an Island Campground
There was a great deal of ceremony brought to the activities on the island during the General Electric days . To bring an appropriate level of pomp and circumstance, GE employed a marching band to provide music for arrivals and departures, as well as cruises on the lake. In this photo from around 1930, the […]
In the 1950's, General Electric chief executives and VIPs would arrive at the island via GE's amphibious airplane, a Grumman Mallard. The plane would land on Henderson Bay to the East side of the island and park on a ramp near the boat lagoon and Island House. For more on the rich history of the […]