Eight Famous Castles in the United States

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 7th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Some of the largest and most beautiful castles are located in Europe, but the United States has its fair share of these elegant fortresses that some people call home.

Magical & Enchanting, Castles from Brownsville, Pennsylvania to Ben Lomand, California

Magical, Medieval, enchanting or built to defend against enemies, castles are one of the most fascinating structures on the planet. Some of the largest and most beautiful castles are located in Europe, but the United States has its fair share of these elegant fortresses that some people call home.

Nemacolin Castle: This Victorian landmark is located in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, with panoramic views of the Monongahela River. It was once the site of Old Fort Burd. The famous Nemacolin Castle was previously known by Nemacolin Towers. The Tudor style estate dates back to the late eighteenth century. The castle was built by Jacob Bowman, who was appointed by George Washington as Brownsville's first postmaster. The castle was home to the Bowman family for many years. Today, it is operated by the Brownsville Historical Society and is open to the public. Located at 136 Front Street.

Melrose Castle: Located on Rt. 602 in Casanova, Virginia, the castle dates from around 1854 and is situated on a fifty-acre parcel of land. It was built by the Murray family who named it Melrose after their homeland in Scotland. During the Civil War, the castle was occupied by forces of both the North and South. The castle is nestled on 50 heavily wooded acres with Gupton Run running through it.

Howden Castle: A popular destination for romantics. The fairytale design of the castle is mesmerizing, and luckily, it can be rented. It is located on Highway 9 in Ben Lomand, California. Construction was started in 1927 and completed in 1932. It was built by Robert Howden, who modeled it on castles of his native country, Scotland. The stones of the original castle foundation walls were hand picked and set. Poems and scenes by Scottish authors Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns were etched into the windows of the castle. From 1939 until 1946, the castle was owned by a Santa Cruz doctor, Howard Sullivan and his wife. It remains a tourist attraction and in 1979 was determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Gillette Castle: This beauty rests on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. The three-story structure was the home of director, actor and playwright, William Gillette, who completed the castle in 1919. The castle is one of Connecticut's leading attractions, drawing more than 300,000 people in 1995.The castle was purchased in 1944 by the state and since then it has been maintained as a state park. Gillette Castle is open daily for tours. Located at 67 River Rd., East Haddam, Connecticut

Gothic Revival Castle: Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and once dubbed the "ugliest" building on the Mississippi River by Mark Twain. The castle was built in 1849 and restored in 1882. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1976, and again restored in 1995. The castle grounds are simply breathtaking and the ornate iron works are fascinating. The Greek Revival structure has become a popular destination for weddings.

Hammond Castle: The unique medieval-style castle is located on the coast of Massachusetts near Gloucester. The castle which was constructed between 1926 and 1929, was the home and laboratory of John Hays Hammond Jr. Mr. Hammond was an inventor who was a pioneer in remote control and held over four hundred patents. The building is a collection of 15th, 16th, and 18th century architectural elements and sits on a hill overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

Castle in the Clouds: Lucknow, the famous mountaintop estate of Tom and Olive Plant’s is better known as the Castle in the Clouds. Built in 1913, the New England castle is located in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. It was built by the eccentric millionaire Thomas Plant. It is now part of the 5000 acre Castle Springs estate which is the location of the Castle Springs water bottling plant. A magical place to visit, it has become a popular choice for brides to have their weddings. Located at Route 171, 455 Old Mountain Road. Tours are offered daily. There is a museum, gift shop and Carriage House Restaurant available to visitors.

Biltmore Estate: Guests are welcome to tour or stay at the largest home in the United States that was constructed in 1889 to replicate a French chateau. There are 250-rooms in the castle, each decorated and embellished with beautiful period furnishings. Beginning in 1930, Cornelia and John Cecil open Biltmore House to the public. The castle offers guided tours through the garden and you can climb onto Biltmore's roof where mountains unfold before you. Located at One Lodge Street, Asheville, North Carolina


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Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Etc.
9th Aug 2014 (#)

I've not heard of any of these places. The only castle I'm familiar with in the US is the Hearst castle in California.

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author avatar Retired
9th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing. I'd not heard of them before.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
9th Aug 2014 (#)

Hey, there's one in Baton Rouge. That's close enough for me to visit!

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author avatar Lesa Cote
18th Sep 2018 (#)

This is a great blog on castles. I appreciate it.

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