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Own one of the ‘Thousand Islands’

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By SUSAN GALLEYMOREA historic home built on an 1.8-acre islet near Millionaires Row in Victorian Alexandria Bay, one of more than 1,800 islands that dot Lake Ontario's eastern boundary with the St. Lawrence River in Upper New York State, is on the market, with an asking price of about $1.5 million. The name and recipe for the popular salad topping, Thousand Island dressing, is reportedly owed to this region. The home, which features murals painted by a recognized impressionist, was built for Alson E. Clark, a successful paint manufacturer who was lured by the area's reputation as summer watering hole for the country's wealthiest families and purchased the island in 1882. Alson Skinner Clark, whose works adorn the home's interior, was a California plein air impressionist painter whose murals can also be found in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Calif. Mike Franklin, a real estate agent at Sotheby's International Realty who is the listing agent for the property, said the home r...