South Carolina January 19, 2017
This Road Trip To South Carolina’s Most Majestic Castles Is Like Something From A Fairytale
In previous articles,
here and here, we’ve listed some fairy tale places and castles in the Palmetto State. And now, we’ve put together another fun road trip to some of the castles. Some of them you can go in and others you can only see from the outside, but they’re still majestic. Take this road trip to see some fantastic castles right here in South Carolina.
This fun road trip begins in Greenville and ends in Beaufort. You can take it all in one day, or spend a weekend checking out the castles of South Carolina.
a link to the Google Map (above).
1. Gassaway Mansion, Greenville
Located only minutes from downtown Greenville, the Gassaway Mansion is a sight to see. The story behind this castle is even more thrilling, Read that
. You can see the outside of this castle from the road, but to get inside you'll need to attend a private event here, such as a wedding. Located at 106 Dupont Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
2. Atalaya Castle, Murrells Inlet
What this one-story castle lacks in height it makes up for in other ways. The castle is a massive 200-by-200 feet and was constructed from 1931-1933 by Archer and Anna Huntington. It was the summer home and studio for Anna, who was a sculptor. The enormous closed courtyard is shown above with a 40-by-40 water tower at the right of the photo. The water tower is the tallest feature of this 30-room castle. The property is open daily and tours are offered in season.
More information is available here
including hours. Atalaya Castle is located in Huntington Beach State Park at 16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
3. Mugdock Castle, Sullivans Island
Visit the newest "old" castle to grace the Palmetto State. Mugdock Castle actually got its start as a church in 1891. Learn more about this unique castle in
. You'll find Mugdock Castle next to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island. You can check out the outside all you want. But according to their
, Mugdock Castle is now a short-term rental with a minimum of 28 days.
4. Castle Pinckney, Charleston
Constructed in 1812 and used during the Civil War, Castle Pinckney was eventually designated a National Monument. But in 1959 it was abandoned and left to decay in a salty grave in the Charleston Harbor. Read more about Castle Pinckney in
we published in 2016. You can see Castle Pinckney from the top of the Ravenel Bridge, or from the end of the pier at Charleston's Waterfront Park located at 1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401. This road trip will take you to Waterfront Park to see it from there.
5. Old Colleton County Jail, Watlerboro
Built in 1856-1857, the old jail for Colleton County boasts several castle-like features including turrets and a beautiful lancet window above the entrance. The building is open to the public and you can enter. It's home to Colleton County's Probate Court. Located at 22 Klein St, Walterboro, SC 29488.
6. The Beaufort Castle, Beaufort
Built by Joseph Johnson in 1859, The Castle, as locals call it, got its name from its sheer size and its proximity to the water. You can explore the outside of this grand home from the road and get an idea of how grand this palace must have been when it was built prior to the Civil War. The home also has much historical significance. You can read about that
. Located at 411 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC.
Whether you’re all about magical castles or just the architecture or history, this road trip has a little something for everyone.
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