South Dakota November 29, 2017
The Hidden Castle In South Dakota That Almost No One Knows About
South Dakota isn’t exactly known for its many castles, but it does have a few. Here’s one that’s hidden from sight, but once you see it you’ll want to visit.
Hidden away down a private drive in Aberdeen, you'll find a true gem.
Easton's Castle is located at 1210 2nd Avenue NW. The home's nickname is O-TE-LA
This home was originally built by C.A. Bliss in 1888. Bliss was a farmer who also bred shorthorns, but he lost the home to foreclosure to C.F Easton in 1893.
The Victorian mansion was kept in the Easton family for many years; Dr. Sam Holman, a veterinarian, purchased it in 1967 to preserve it from certain demolition. Members of the Holman family continue with the efforts to preserve this beautiful, 17-acre oasis. The home was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1975.
The Easton Castle/O-TE-LA Conservancy works to preserve the home and property and keep it available to the public.
The home has a rich, interesting history. Children's author L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wizard of Oz, lived in Aberdeen for a few years while C.A. Bliss owned the castle. Baum visited the home for parties and even remarked about its unique library and other features.
Take a stroll through the gardens surrounding the home. It's a serene, peaceful place to spend some time.
If you're very quiet while touring the grounds, you might get a chance to see some local wildlife, including deer...
In the yard, you'll also find sculpture called "The Gentle Doctor." It's a replica of a work of art that sits at the Iowa State University Veterinary College.
You can camp overnight on the grounds of the castle, and the estate also hosts occasional campfire parties.
For more information on the events happening here, or to find out how you can help preserve this beautiful estate, follow the conservancy on its
Have you seen this gorgeous castle or its grounds?