Castles in America

It might be a little bit of a stretch to talk about castles in America seeing as the great period of castle building predates the country. But we do have some wonderful castles here and a whole lot of forts that practically qualify as castles. So here I am also including forts in america.



Quick list:

  • Bannerman Castle - A warehouse built in a castle style. Positioned on an island and you take a ferry out to see it. Nice little half day trip.
  • Belcourt Castle - (Newport Rhode Island) - More of a manor house yet a remarkable thing in Newport
  • Braddock Carnegie Library in Braddock Pennsylvania - The first of thousands of libraries that Andrew Carnegie built all across America.
  • The Biltmore - Wonderful castle/mansion with ten square miles of grounds and gardens. Well worth a visit. I also have a page specifically for the gardens right here: The Biltmore Gardens
  • Boldt Castle - A beautiful castle located on an island in upstate New York. You can take a ferry boat to visit the island and the castle.
  • Buhl Mansion - A beautiful ashlar sandstone building located in Sharon Pennsylvania. It is now a guest house and day spa.
  • Bryn Athyn Cathedral - A beautiful medieval Cathedral in Pennsylvania.
  • The Cloisters - This is the most medieval site in all of America. And it is authentic in that parts of the structure shipped over from Europe.
  • Copenhaver castle - Also known as Camelback Castle. This is a castle home built in the 70's and currently up for auction. I believe it is incomplete and being worked on. Located in Phoenix Arizona.
  • Cranston street Armory - (Providence RI)A large Fortress over 100 years old and currently not being used. One of the remarkable things about it is the beautiful yellow/orange brick work.
  • Duke Chapel - Beautiful English Gothic Cathedral on the Duke University Campus.
  • Fonthill Castle - Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Constructed of Poured and reinforced concrete and by Moravian Tile Entrepreneur Henry Mercer. Open to the public. This castle also has nearby the Moravian Pottery and Tile works
  • Fort Monroe - A classic seven sided Stone Fortress and the largest ever built in the US. Located in Virginia and still in excellent condition. Until recently it was still being used by the US military.
  • Gillette Castle - Connecticut - Beautiful castle built by a theatre actor most notably as the character Sherlock Holmes
  • Grey Towers - Milford Pennsylvania - Originally a private home, later donated to the US Forest Service.
  • Hammond Castle - Massachusetts - Built by an inventor who was on a par with Edison.
  • Hearst Castle - It was built as a residence by William Randolph Hearts and it was 30 years in the making. It is now a living museum of art and architecture that is unparalleled. It is a testament to the hey day of the 19th century wealth in America.
  • Herreshoff Castle - A small and privately owned castle modeled after a tenth century original. Also a bed & breakfast.
  • Kimball Castle - New Hampshire - 100 year old castle built in a very European style
  • Kentucky Castle - A Hotel, Restaurant and Event Center.
  • Lyndhurst Mansion - An english style manor house built of stone and on a very english manor estate with grounds and a carriage house.
  • Lucknow Castle (The castle in the clouds) - New Hampshire - More of a manor house and built by a wealthy industrialist in 1913-14.
  • Montezuma's Castle - Not really a castle but this is the official name. It is a pueblo style castle structure carved into the side of a cliff over 500 years ago. Located in Arizona.
  • Mystery Castle - This is a castle in Arizona built by a man as a tribute to his daughter. Built in the 1930's from locally sourced materials.
  • Osborn Castle - A privately owned castle. You can only see it from a distance but I have some nice pictures.
  • Pax Amicus Castle Theatre - A Theatre with regular shows of all types, my favorite being Shakespeare and Renaissance era.
  • Saint James Episcopal Church - Not a castle but a great example of gothic revival architecture on a small scale.
  • Searles Castle - Windham New Hampshire
  • Searles Castle - Great Barrington Massachusetts
  • Singer Castle - On an island in upstate New York in Alexandria Bay - Castle to the sewing machine empire.
  • Winnekenni Castle - Adorable little 150 year old castle in Massachusetts
  • Wings Castle - A castle built over the past 50 years by a couple in NY. Eclectic and fun. Looks like a hobbit castle.


Will Travels Medieval America - Will is on a quest to build a castle. And as part of this he has embarked on an adventure across America visiting castles, blacksmiths, meaderies, museums and all sorts of medieval places. You can follow along on the adventure! Yes, there are castles in America and Will is visiting them!! Check it out here: Medieval America


New Video episode of Medieval America - In this episode of my youtube channel I travel south down the Hudson river toward New York City. Along the Way I stop at four castles: Medieval America Episode 10



Hearst Castle - Also Known as San Simeon - Built as a palace home by the Newspaper Magnate William Randolph Hearst. It is now an amazing museum of art and architecture. Hearst Castle


Arizona CastleThe Castles of Arizona - I took a trip to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon. And while researching the state I found that there are some interesting castles there. Well, they aren't of course European fortresses but they are fun and I am glad I visited them. Learn more and see some pics here: The Castles of Arizona




Cranston Street ArmoryThe Cranston Street Armory - It is a fortress in Providence Rhode Island that has been used by the Coast Guard, Military Police and National Gtuard. It was built in 1907 and right now is not being used for need of renovations. Big beautiful building with gorgeous yellow bricks. See more pics here

This is part of my castles of America Project where I travel to various castles and fortresses in America.


Winnekenni Castle - This is a cute little castle located in Haverhill Massachusetts. It is almost 150 years old and has endured a lot. Yet it still remains. It now hosts functions, weddings and the occasional car show. I took a trip to it and you can learn more, see more pictures here: Winnekenni Castle




LuckNow Castle in New Hampshire - Also Known as "The Castle in the Clouds"

It's an interesting little castle nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire and just about 100 years old. I have visited and have some pictures and more information right here: LuckNow Castle



Belcourt Castle in Newport, RI - One of those gorgeous mansion castles along Bellevue avenue in Newport. And it has some interesting stories of objects inside that are haunted, like a suit of armor and a statue. Belcourt Castle




Medieval castle in MichiganA Man Builds his own castle in Michigan - You don't have to buy a castle. You could build one! That's exactly what this couple in Michigan did! He sent me a terrific description of the how and why. Of course it has octagonal rooms and a spiral staircase! There is a youtube video also. A Medieval Castle in Michigan




Gillette Castle - A very peculiar castle perched on the bank of the Connecticut River. Mr Gillette made his wealth performing Sherlock Holmes in theather in the 19th Century. See a video and more pictures of Gillette Castle





Kimball CastleA look inside Kimball Castle - This is an old and run down castle in New Hampshire. It is purported to be haunted and it looks like people have events or halloween parties in it. There are some interesting archictural things about this castle including a beautiful atrium skylight. Kimball Castle I have pictures of the outside and inside.




Lion and Drawbridge

A look inside a real New England Medieval Castle. I took a trip to Hammond castle. This is a Gothic Castle with an amazing history and some wonderful stuff inside. Pictures and More.. Inside a Medieval Castle





Fort Monroe - In Virgina

Up until just a few years ago this Civil War era stone fortress was still being used by the Military. A lot of wonderful history in this Fort. Fort Monroe


























































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