Castle McCulloch, North Carolina

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Castle McCulloch boasts 3-foot thick granite walls, a 70 foot stone tower, and working drawbridge and is located on 60 acres of wooded grounds in Jamestown, North Carolina. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, it was built from 1830 to 1832 by Charles McCulloch, a native of Cornwall, England. McCulloch, an industrial engineer, brought steam engine technology to the goldfields of Jamestown and oversaw the construction of a gold refinery as well as his mansion. The latter took the labour of over 100 men working over a two year period to complete.

The property remained in the hands of the McCulloch family for many generations and others who came after, until falling into disrepair. Purchased by a Mr Richard Harris in the early 1890's, an engineer with strong interests in stonework and historical restoration, he rebuilt the rubble and ruins that had once been Castle McCulloch. The interior of the house features large rooms with slate and hardwood floors throughout, leaded glass windows, a 32 foot cathedral ceiling and a massive wrought-iron chandelier. Today it and its grounds are used for weddings, banquets and conferences. For pictures of its exterior and interior, go here

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