American Castles on the East Coast

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American Castles on the East Coast

Castles capture the imagination of people the world over. Their ancient, brooding edifices seem to call out and demand attention. Many people set aside time in Europe just to see castles in person. The fact is that you don’t actually have to go all the way to Europe to see castles or castle-inspired buildings. There are plenty in the United States from when the imaginations of the wealthy were likewise captured by castles. These American castles are scattered all around the country. Few of them are necessarily built with the standards of an actual castle, but they certainly capture the air of mystery and beauty. OROGOLD has a short list of some of the more famous and accessible castles you can see while traveling on the East Coast. Remember to bundle up if you’re visiting in the cooler part of the year though as they are all in the north-east due to the money required to build even a modest castle.

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle
This castle is a testament to the love a man felt for his wife. George Boldt began building it as a tribute to his wife with intent that she should have a castle as her dream home. The home was built on Heart Island in the middle of the St. Lawrence river in New York state. Mrs. Boldt never saw the completion of the castle, but you can certainly see it today. You’ll need to catch a boat to reach the island. Once you get there though, guided tours will take you around the house and grounds. They are meticulously maintained by the group in charge of maintaining the general area. This makes it an almost fairy tale getaway hidden away on an island. Boldt Castle, like most American castles, isn’t a true castle. It does heavily borrow aesthetics from them though and one can certainly give George Boldt some credit for making sure there was a natural “moat”.

Gillette Castle

Gillette Castle
Gillette Castle rests within the boundaries of the state park named after it and is maintained by the state of Connecticut instead of any fund set up by its designer, William Gillette. The mostly forgotten creative virtuoso had the castle built later in his life. One of its most notable features is that Gillette’s former home was designed to actually look like an ancient ruin rather than a stylishly castle-like dwelling. Don’t let the dilapidated exterior fool you though as it is actually a clever ruse. OROGOLD assures you that the inside is all that you’d expect of a rich artist’s dwelling. The rich furnishing certainly recall the opulence of old even as the exterior provides the visuals. As the home and grounds are maintained by the state, they are open to the public daily. You’re free to explore the grounds as well. This includes Gillette’s miniature railroad that he took the utmost care to ensure the quality of during its construction.

Hammond Castle

Hammond Castle
Not everyone can lay claim to having an eccentric inventor’s secret passage-riddled castle nearby, but the residents of Gloucester, Massachusetts certainly can. It isn’t even an exaggeration. John Hammond, Jr. built the castle to serve as his home using the money from his discoveries within radio technology. Naturally, he wasn’t about to let the castle be anything less than true to larger than life with his tastes. The eccentric inventor utilized several different styles of architecture in its construction to create nothing short of a home that looks in part like the archetype of a castle. Secret passages make for a nice extra touch. Hammond also used parts of his home to display his collection of antiquities and other curiosities that drew his attention. People are free to visit the castle today as it is a museum that houses not only Hammond’s collections, but also collections of Hammond’s own work.

Castles, whether true castles of not, remain an embedded part of the Western consciousness. Denying our attraction to them doesn’t really achieve anything. Visiting one of the castles on this list may not be exactly like visiting an ancient European castle, but it will certainly give you the look and feeling that most people are looking for when they seek out castles. OROGOLD hopes you’ve gotten a few travel ideas of side-trip plans for your next stay in the north-east. Remember that you might wish to wait until spring though to enjoy some of the castle gardens to their fullest potential.

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