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Notre Dame: Origins of a Phoenix

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It was with horror that the world watched the famed Notre Dame Cathedral burn this week. We held our collective breath as the Paris Fire Brigade, a unit of the French Army, battled… Continue reading

Winchester House: Designed by Guilt, Superstition, or Esoteric Knowledge?

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Over the preceding weeks, we have presented American castles with odd or supernatural histories, but the subject of today’s post is by far the weirdest house in these United States. There are theories… Continue reading

Party with Your Boots On!!

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  I am going to break into my series on American castles to share a taste of true Texas heritage and tradition. As the saying goes, I was not born in Texas, but I got… Continue reading

Hearst Castle: A House Fit for a Mistress

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    He was a 56 year old publishing magnate. She was a 22 year old silent film actress and comedian. It is believed they met long before the affair began, but once… Continue reading

The Bishop’s Palace: the American Castle that Survived a Killer

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At 1402 Broadway on Texas’s Galveston Island sits a castle that the American Institute of Architects has cited as among America’s 100 most important buildings. In addition to its ornate Victorian exterior replete… Continue reading

Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

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53,000 sq. ft., 64 rooms, 7 stairways, 22 massive exterior columns, 12 hand-carved marble fireplaces, 15 1/2 foot ceilings, 5 galleries, and double front entry steps with a boot scraper indicating the gentlemen’s… Continue reading

From Our Homes to Yours

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Regular posts will resume on January 4, 2019. Until then, From Becky, Caroline, and Linda!   And if you are looking for something light and entertaining to read, take a look at the… Continue reading

Bacon’s Castle: America’s Oldest Brick Residence and the Ghosts that Haunt It

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What a difference a few decades can make. When colonists arrived at the site that would become Jamestown, Virginia, they encountered a pristine wilderness. By 1665, the colony would boast its own castle.… Continue reading

Whitehall: a Castle Built for a Trophy Bride

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Henry Flagler is an icon of late 19th and early 20th century Florida history. A county, a beach, streets, buildings, museums, businesses, bridges, and a college all bear his name. As a Gilded… Continue reading

Vizcaya: Roaring 20’s Glamor and a Fabulous Party Barge on Biscayne Bay

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In Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, not far from where Interstate 95 ends and US 1 begins its journey south connecting the Keys to the mainland, stands an Italianate castle and gardens with one… Continue reading