Saturday, August 18, 2007
Old Cross Castle is located in Missouri.
This castle turned up in a news article while using the search term "build a real castle" in Google. These "weekend warrior" castle builders originally started with a weekend house at the lake and have steadily grown it to the large castle seen in the article, one block at a time, every weekend they could. While modern owner built castles tend to be homes first and defensive last, according to the article this castle began because of security concerns. So far, it's the only castle I've found online that lists defense or security as one of the reasons for being built, even if in this case it's still just for fun. The castle itself appears to be a mish-mash of differing styles and materials. One could draw parallels between this castle and "real" castles; the original castles have been torn down, modified, or added to over time and feature a variety of styles and stonework added to them that were added over hundreds of years. The Old Cross Castle has simply compressed similar actions down to less than 2 decades. Looks like a fun place to hang out.