You don’t have to be in Europe to pass by magnificent and astonishing castles and mansions on your drive home. Right here in Vermont you can find these charming estates. Whether you’re a history buff or fairy-tale dreamer, you will most definitely love these sites.
1) The Everett Mansion, now known as Southern Vermont College.
The estate sits on Mount Anthony in Bennington and consists of about 500 acres of land, including a large spring-fed pond.
2) The Richardson Palace
This castle-like building was once home to the largest department store in Burlington.
3) Harry Barber's Miniature Castles
Built in the 1920s by a Swiss garndener, these tiny castles are like nothing you've ever seen before. There are a total of 5 castles, 3 houses and many garden structures equipped with fireplaces and even dungeons.
Harry Barber's Miniature Castles
While Harry Barber's structures are on private property, 4 of the castles can be viewed from the road.
4) Converse Hall at The University of Vermont
Many believe this old dormitory is haunted, but it's still completely in use and most students don't think twice about it. That is, until their mirror suspiciously falls off the wall...
5) This one in Georgia that no one has ever seemed to finish building
6) The Ice Castles at Stratton Mountain Resort.
While these only exist in the winter, they're definitely a must-see.
7) Wilson Castle
Head to Proctor for a haunted tour of this elegant palace, equipped with 84 stained-glass windows and 13 fireplaces. You can even attend a real live murder mystery dinner.
8) Mari-Castle in Randolph
This Italianate-style home, built by Albert Chandler had many different uses throughout history, including a Catholic sanctuary, an orphanage and a corporate business headquarters.
9) Shard Villa--The Columbus Smith Estate
Located in West Salisbury, this historical spot now serves as an elderly care home.
10) Castle Hill Resort and Spa
This high-end venue in the heart of the Okemo Valley is perfect for special occasions or that ideal weekend getaway.
11) St Johnsbury Academy--Brantview House
This chateau-style Victorian mansion was built by Lambert Packard for William Paddock Fairbanks and his wide Rebecca. Their grandson Thaddeus founded the school and this building is now used as a dormitory.
12) The Laurel House
This high-style Queen Anne Victorian Era mansion in Cuttingsville features one of the most exquisite mausoleums, created to commemorate the builder's late wife and daughter.
13) This adorable little home--part colonial, part castle
14) Hildene Manor
This Georgian-Revival style house in Manchester was constructed as the home for president Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln.
Shall I visit all 14 on my next road trip? I think I might! Which one is your favorite?