America Does Have Castles

 

 

Nobody really gives it any thought, or any weight, but America does have castles….. a whole lot of them. A whole lot of them.

Once I started really delving into my research for my trip across the country I was a bit astonished by this fact.

Singer Casttle, on an island in Alexandria Bay NY

Part of this misunderstanding comes from the timeline and the definition of what a castle is. If we stay true to the definition we have to include the idea that a castle is fortified. It is a fortress, A building of strong defense. And this philosophy held true right up until the period of time when gunpowder (and cannons) came into prominence.

The ability to take down any thickness stone wall with repeated barrages of cannons pretty much killed that old style of Fortress Castle.

From there castles changed to more of architectural artwork and ostentatious displays of wealth . The rich built them and lived in them. They were more palace than fortress.

An interesting thing did happen in America in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Searles Castle in Great Barrington Mass.

Wealthy people really took to the European concepts of castles and palaces. The wealthy and maybe a bit eccentric titans of industry started building their own castles.  Not so much to defend against enemies, more as a place to live and a place to display their wealth.

America is dotted all over with these castle-fortresses. And they are magnificent.

So while we don’t actually have any castles that are a thousand years old we do have plenty of castles! And on my trip around America I am visiting some of them – well actually a lot of them. The count today as of May 31, 2018 is twelve of them. And I am still on the Eastern seaboard.

Would you like to follow along in the adventure as I travel America discovering and visiting all sorts of medieval things like castles, blacksmiths, meaderies, museums and more? It’s all happening on my youtube channel right here: Will’s Journey across Medieval America. 

 

Medieval America – Will is traveling all around the USA visiting medieval sites

Quick Summary: I have sold my house and I am taking the Summer of 2018 to travel all over the United States from East Coast to West Coast. My goal is to build a castle. And during this trip I will be visiting all kinds of medieval sites like Castles, Meaderies, Blacksmiths, Stone Masons, Museums and much more. It all started on April 27th, 2018. And it continues.

I have done a fair amount of international travel. And I love that. But, for one reason or another I never did much travel in the USA. Well…. now I am doing it. And I am shooting videos, and writing all about it. And you can follow along.

Follow along with me through my youtube channel right here. Epic Fantasy and Medieval America

Or if you prefer the written work I am keeping a daily log of the places I visit and the things I see on my website right here: Medieval America

And what have I done so far? Well… Ten Castles, Five Meaderies, Three Museums, two blacksmiths, and a whole lot more. Want to see a slice of america? Follow along on my website or my youtube channel.

The Mysterious Suit of Armor – Is it real?

I got an email from the proprietor of a shop in Florida who acquired a suit of armor from the Higgins Armory. She is very sure that it actually was in the Higgins. And if that is the case then we are looking at a real suit of armor. Which is rather cool – particularly because it is for sale.

I advised her to not sell it or break up the set until we can gather more information about it. I really want to get an assessment of it. If it is real then it could be worth thousands of dollars. Heck, I might even buy it.  I mean after all, an actual, and real suit of armor! Who knows, maybe it even saw battle!!! Wow!

Well, for now the shop owner is going to take it apart and see if there are any maker marks on the inside of it. That would be quite wonderful.  And it would prove the authenticity.

The only thing that bothers me about this suit is the mismatch  between head and armor. The head just seems to big for the rest of it. The neck , too long. I think that helmet at one time belonged with a larger suit of armor.  Anyway, I have more pictures of this suit of armor on my website right here: The Mysterious suit of armor.

If you can lend some insight or know about this particular suit then send me an email!!!

Here’s a picture. (More pics on the webpage)

Will’s Guest appearance on the Weekly Space Hangout Youtube Channel

The Weekly Space Hangout is a show that discusses science and technology news. They focus on the science and regularly have high profile scientists and experts. It’s all about Science and Space Exploration News. I appeared on the latest episode to talk about amateur astronomy, telescopes and my book (See it With a Small telescope). It was fun!  And I am very grateful that they had me on the show. You can watch the episode right here.

 

 

Will’s Upcoming Book Signing Event

The Astronomical Society of Southern New England will be hosting my presentation and book signing event. I will be talking about the process of writing and publishing a book and afterward will be signing books.

The ASSNE is a vibrant organization with an active membership involved in amateur astronomy.  I am honored that they will be hosting the event.

 

 

 

 

 

It is at the Carpenter Museum on 4 Locust Avenue in Rehoboth Mass.

The date is February 10 at 7pm.

 

Will makes a guest appearance on a radio talk show to discuss his new Telescope book

 

 

 

 

 

My telescope book is published and getting wonderful 5 star reviews on amazon. I am proud of this and a bit humbled by it. It was a wonderful project and it is catching on.  I just did a radio interview with the famous Dr. Sky. He is a radio and television personality who bring the wonders of the sky to the people.  He has interviewed a stunning array of brilliant
and famous people on his show and he has appeared on many other shows including
a weekly installment on Coast to Coast with George Noory. Dr. Sky is the premiere Ambassador
between the wonders of the universe and the people.

You can listen to the interview right here:

https://youtu.be/5EXRee2qoSE

 

Check out his Dr. Sky’s website here:
http://drsky.com/

For more of his radio interviews go here:
http://drsky.com/teentalknetwork/sky2HOLD.htm

His radio show on KTAR is here:
http://drsky.com/radio-shows/

 

My telescope book has been featured on Gotscience.org

Telescopes, and astronomy hold an allure. There is an accompanying sense of exploration and discovery that comes with using a telescope.  So, they are often featured on science websites. Rightfully so. And one prominent science website has picked up my book and written an article about it and about the wonders of the night sky.  You can read the article on their website here.

I love the headline!

Adventure Through the Universe from Your Telescope

If you are interested in the book you can get it from my publishers website here:

See it With a Small Telescope at Ulysses Press

Or at amazon here:

See it With a Small Telescope on Amazon

 

Contemplating a Mead Company

I have been working with a mead maker on a new batch of mead. We have been coming up with a plan to create a mead company. Our plan for now is to ferment the mead and give it away at a long sword competition coming up in April.  This way we can talk to people and see how they feel about mead – give out free samples and see what they think about it.  I will keep you posted about this.