Most People Don’t Know This Castle Is Hiding In West Virginia

Did you know that West Virginia has a castle? It’s in Berkeley Springs, and it’s more than 120 years old. Berkeley Springs Castle is now a venue for weddings and other special events, but it was built in the late 1800s as a wedding gift from a man to his bride, according to the castle’s website.

Colonel Samuel Taylor Suite built the castle  between 1885 and 1891. When he was 46, he fell in love with Rosa Pelham, the 17-year-old daughter of a Alabama congressman. She initially turned down his marriage proposal but he persisted, promising to build a her a castle if she married him. He unfortunately died before it was done, but Rosa finished it.

She hosted lavish parties there. Perhaps too lavish, though. Her money was gone by the time she was 50 and the castle was sold at auction.  She moved to a small house and raised chickens.

Since then the castle has been used a boys camp and a museum that was open to the public. In recent years it’s undergone renovations. Owner Andrew Gosline bought it with the intention of restoring it to its original glamour.

It’s now available for weddings, corporate and private events.

Here’s a look at the castle.

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Have you ever been to the castle? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.