Missouri January 22, 2017
This Road Trip To Missouri’s Most Majestic Castles Is Like Something From A Fairytale
Castles aren’t just something you see in Medieval-era movies. In fact, Missouri is home to quite a few that are speckled throughout the state (see for yourself,
here and here.) Enjoy some of the best castles in the state by embarking on this perfect weekend road trip !
Vine Street Work House Castle - Kansas City
This castle doesn't have a very regal history. In fact, it was built in 1897 as a place for petty criminals to serve their sentence by working off their crimes. Today, many graffiti artists and vandals come to leave their mark.
2001 Vine St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Bothwell Lodge - Sedalia
Bothwell Lodge is a former mansion that is now run by the Missouri State Parks system. The massive 31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge was built atop two natural caves by Sedalia lawyer John Homer Bothwell. In addition to touring the lodge, visitors can also enjoy the nearby hiking trails.
19349 Bothwell State Park Rd.
Sedalia, MO 65301
Parkhurst Castle - Sedalia
was originally built as a private residence, a very large one, in fact. Until it was turned into the Windmoor Bed & Breakfast and opened to the public. The B&B has since closed down and was put on the market shortly after. Still, you can't help but marvel at this modern mansion with old world charm.
Sedalia, MO 65301
Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins - Camdenton
Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton is one of the most popular state parks in Missouri. It's most notable for its massive castle ruins. Theses remains come from a 20th century mansion that was modeled after a 16th century castle. The building was used as a weekend and summer home for a wealthy family until it was turned into a hotel. Sadly, the hotel was destroyed in a fire. and its remnants were left abandoned.
1491 State Road D. Camdenton, MO 65020
Pythian Castle - Springfield
Pythian Castle is loaded with history and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Visitors can go on a history tour or a ghost tour. The castle regularly puts on events and you can privately rent it for your own party.
1451 E Pythian St. Springfield, MO 65802
Chateau Charmant - Fordland
Chateau has an old-fashion castle design, but it's actually the newest of the castles on this road trip. It has played host to many weddings and also, has provided hundreds of scenic backgrounds for prom and graduation photos. Though the castle is no longer available for weddings, the owners plan on using the space for public events.
1700 Martins Branch Rd.
Fordland, MO 65652
Have you been to any of these castles before? Let us know what you thought about them in the comment section below.