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Welcome!  I am glad you stopped by.  I'm Hope Irvin Marston, retired junior high teacher and library media specialist.  I live in Black River, New York, near Fort Drum and the Thousand Islands.

Since 1975 I have written a child's devotional book, a handful of photographic essays on large machinery, a local history for adults, two junior biographies, eight wild life picture books, an adult inspirational romance, an historical Scots book for young adults, and a local historical middle grade book that has been rewritten as a stage play.

I hope you will enjoy browsing my pages to get acquainted with me and my books.  Simply click on any of the links to the left to begin your adventure.

I'd love to hear from you.  Drop me a line using the form on the Contact Information page.


Rising from the Rubble: The Restoration of Boldt Castle 1977-2002


In 1900, George C. Boldt, millionaire magnate of the Waldorf-Astoria and the Bellevue-Stratford hotels began building a multimillion dollar castle on Heart Island in the St. Lawrence River.  Constructed as a love gift for his beautiful wife Louise, it would take five years to complete the project.  However, devastated by her passing in 1904, Boldt ordered the work to stop immediately.

Thereafter, Mother Nature and vandals ravaged the venerable old landmark for more than 70 years.  During that time, summer boat tours brought as many as 200,000 visitors from around the world to Heart Island to view the legendary landmark.  In 1977, castle restoration began with the hiring of Dale Fikes.  Dale’s challenge was to remove the rubble, rebuild the deteriorated walls, and continue the work left undone when the 300+ workers were dismissed.

RISING FROM THE RUBBLE: THE RESTORATION OF BOLD CASTLE reveals the untold story of the first 25 years of rescuing it from its ruins and bringing it into the 21st Century.  Details of the work are enhanced with accounts of unexpected happenings and personal incidents known only to those involved.

Looking back, Dale considers his tenure at the castle as hectic days and sleepless nights.

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THE WALLS HAVE EARS: A BLACK SPY IN THE CONFEDERATE WHITE HOUSE, published by White Bird Publications, is a Charlotte Award 2020 Nominee in the High School category.  The purpose of the Charlotte Award, named for the main character in E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, is to encourage students to read outstanding literature and ultimately become lifelong readers.  My in-depth research of the war years makes this an authentic resource for social studies in junior and senior high classes.

Students in New York State are encouraged to read titles on the ballot and vote for their favorites.  Visit the New York State Reading Association website at www.nysreading.org for a copy of the ballot with publishers’ website links for each title.  Ballots should be postmarked no later than April 15, 2020 and sent to NYSRA 2020 Charlotte Award, PO Box 303, Old Forge, NY 13420.  Or sent by E-Mail before April 15th, 2020 to Judy Ehrensbeck at judy@ehrensbeck.com

To purchase an autographed copy, send check or money order for $16.99 to Hope Marston Books, P.O. Box 710, Black River, NY 13612.


The Walls Have Ears by Hope Irvin Marston
Published October 16, 2018
by White Bird Publications

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On June 8, 2018 my best friend Gerald Borland and I had the
thrill and the honor of rappelling together OVER THE EDGE of
the 155’ Mid-Town Towers apartment building in Watertown, NY.

Our families and friends sponsored us by donating over $3,000
to the United Way of Northern New York in this third annual
OVER THE EDGE event.  We had the honor of being first of
more than 80 participants during the two-day event.


The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual 1000-mile race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.  Mushers and their dogs tear through jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast.  At least 6 dogs must be on the towline at the finish line.

Bob Renaud, illustrator of my book Eye on the Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest, has compiled a gallery of his artwork.  Be sure to visit Bob's Art Studio Page at the following link:

Bob Renaud's Art Studio


To find out what it takes to become an Iditarod musher, read Eye on the Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest, the autobiography of ten-year-old Aisling Shepherd.


Recent Photos

Photo from the War of 1812 Symposium at
The Freight House in Ogdensburg on April 26, 2014.

This year I was invited to come and sell my book,
Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey.
It was my third year to attend.

Knowing the building is cold, I dressed in layers.
It was a busy day with seven informative presentations.

 I was impressed by this War of 1812 quilt.
 The man in the center is Major General Isaac Brock,
a key British officer during the early phases of the War of 1812.

My new friend Linda, a re-enactor at the
Sackets Harbor Bicentennial Celebration,
 and a fan of Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey – The War of 1812
August 3, 2013


See more photos...




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