Monthly Archives: May 2018

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)