13 Amazing Castles in the USA.
Many people I have met over my life told me that I need to travel to Europe. They told me I can find incredible views there and I said yes, but there is no shortage of good views in the United States either. "But you don’t see places like you do in Europe" they kept on saying, and showed me pictures of some amazing castles from across Europe. I'll admit I was impressed. But truth be told, Europe isn’t the only place with amazing castles, the USA has more than enough:
The Bishop's Palace, also known as Gresham's Castle, is an Victorian-style house in Galveston, Texas, built in 1892. The American Institute of Architects has listed this home as one of the 100 most significant buildings in the United States. This historic building has survived the great hurricane of 1900, and the Greshams family welcomed hundreds of survivors into their home.
This castle is located on Pollopel Island, north of New York City, New York. It was built in 1902 by Francis Bannerman who purchased the entire island in November 1900. Today, the castle is property of New York City and is mostly in ruins. On island guided hard-hat tours were recently made available through the Bannerman's Castle Trust, and the castle itself is visible from many places on New York's water line.
Lyndhurst, also known as the Jay Gould estate, is a gothic revival country house that sits in its own 67-acre (27 ha) park, beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. The house has been owned by New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr., high profile merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. In 1961, Gould's daughter, Anna Gould, donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The house and its surrounding park are currently open to the public.
Castello di Amorosa
Here is your chance to visit a wonderful combination of a castle and a winery, located near Calistoga, California. Open to the public since April 2007, the castle is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui. The castle includes 107 rooms on 8 levels, above and below ground.
Key details and building techniques are architecturally faithful to the 12th and 13th century time period. Among many other features it has: A moat, a drawbridge, defensive towers, a torture chamber, a chapel/church and knights chambers.
Located on Heart Island in New York, this impressive structure was home to George Boldt, general manager of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. He and his family enjoyed an earlier frame cottage on the island and in 1900, the Boldts launched an ambitious construction campaign: To build a huge masonry structure, one of the largest private homes in America.
Today most of the grounds and buildings can be explored by the public for a fee. Many parts of the castle have been restored and furnished with modern pieces which make for an amazing contrast.
Castle in the Clouds
This 16-room mansion and 5,500-acre (2,200 ha) mountaintop estate in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, was built in 1913-1914 by millionaire shoe manufacturer, Thomas Gustave Plant. The Castle has a carriage house, a gift shop, an art gallery, a Cafe and Patio, all are open to the public from late May to early October. It overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains which means it’s a wonderful place to sit for a drink and enjoy the view.
Constructed in 1918 by Albert Loeb, who was the Vice President of Sears, Roebuck and Company, Castle Farms is one of Michigan's largest special events facilities. In 1927 the farm was closed and the buildings rented for storage space until 1965. It was then turned into an art studio by John Van Haver, an executive who restored the facility and opened it to the public.
In 1969, it was sold to Arthur and Erwina Reibel and was mainly used for rock concerts such as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and The Beach Boys. In 2001, Castle Farms was sold to Linda Mueller, who finished restoring it to its original condition, and made it a popular place for weddings and receptions.
Located in the Magnolia area of Gloucester, Massachusetts, this castle was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and was the home and laboratory of John Hays Hammond, Jr. Hammond was an inventor and a pioneer in the study of remote control and held over four hundred patents in the field. At present, the castle operates as a museum, displaying Hammond's collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts as well as exhibits about his life and inventions.
Also known as Fonthill House, this was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. Water and pollution have caused damage to the structure over the years, but it is still very much intact and impressive.
This famous California historical landmark was designed by architect Julia Morgan to be the home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. It opened to the public in 1958 and since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park and a museum, with a considerable collection of art and antiques. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts millions of travelers each year.
Sitting high above the Connecticut River in the state of Connecticut, this castle was originally the private residence of William Gillette. He was a American actor who is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage, and he also designed this beautiful house. In 2002, after four years of restoration, the house was opened for visitors. It now includes a museum, hiking trails, a picnic area, and holds many theatrical celebrations.
Belvedere Castle is found inside Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. It contains exhibit rooms and an observation deck with a view of the whole park and the bordering buildings. An architectural hybrid of gothic and romanesque styles, the castle is a beautiful and a rare sight in the heart of New York, and a great place to stop for a picnic.
Also known as Château Laroche, this beautiful museum sits on the the banks of the Little Miami River in Ohio. A folly of a historical European castle, construction began in 1929 by Boy Scout troop leader and World War I veteran Harry D. Andrews. He named his castle after a military hospital in the Chateau La Roche in southwest France where he was stationed during the First World War. The name means "Rock Castle" in French.
For over fifty years, Andrews worked on his castle project. He pulled stones from the nearby Little Miami River, and when that supply was exhausted, molded bricks with cement and quart milk cartons. There are tales of him still haunting the castle, often told by Chateau Laroche's own volunteer "knights".