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Seeing Medieval America
- Summer of 2018-

Ok! Thanks for checking out this section of my website. What I am doing is taking a trip all across America during the months of May thru August. And along the way I am going to be visiting a whole lot of medieval types of things including Blacksmith shops, Armories, museums, Meaderies and architectural sites with stained glass windows.

It is going to be a lot of fun and of course there will be lots of videos! So, stay tuned and bookmark this page. It all starts at the beginning of May 2018.

Updates!

This map shows where in the US I visited.

( As of Oct 30, 2018 I have completed my trek around the country. I visited all 48 states, all my relatives in various states, and I drove 20,474 miles. I will be updating the map and all the stuff. I need a bit of time. It is a lot of stuff, with thousands of pictures and videos. I have now settled into an apartment in the Northern part of Phoenix Arizona.

Here is a map that I have been keeping as I traveled. I updated it as I went. This one shows the path I took around the country. I love this map. I had it for a long time before I went on this journey. I often looked at it and visualized how I would drive around America. It feels good to have actually brought it into a reality. I will be framing this and putting it on the wall.

The Count so far :

  • Data and information coming
  • All 48 continental states visited
  • Journey took 5 months
  • Journey took 20,474 miles
  • I stayed in at least 100 different motels
  • I drove my own car; I went through deserts and over mountains. I did some hard driving and my car never broke down, never overheated, and I never got so much as a flat tire.
  • The journey started in my home city of Fall River Massachusetts.
  • The journey officially ended at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
  • Why did I take this journey? There are multiple reasons. You can read about it here. When the reasons start to stack up it is usually a sign that you should act on it.

 

Here is the introductory Video (Posted May 7 2018)



You can follow this adventure by watching the video series on my youtube channel here.

 

 

  • The Journey So Far - As I create the webpages these listings will become links so you can read more and see the pictures.

 

  • April 27 2018 - Medieval America: Starting Out Everything is done. The old life is behind me and the new adventure begins. I checked into a local motel (Swansea Motor Inn) just to take a few days to decompress and relax. I didn't get much done or do much of anything.
  • April 29, 2018 - Happened to see a sign on the road near my motel that read "Old World Cobble". I drove down that road to discover a company that works in stone and makes a whole lot of cobble stones. They have tens of thousands of them in piles. Could this be the place that makes the stone for my castle?
  • May 1, 20 18 (Portland Maine) - Drove up the coast from where I live in Massachusetts to Portland Maine where I stayed at a Motel 6. Some good scenery, good day. Took pictures of a Maine themed diorama (Lobsterman). Also took pics in Portland including monument square where there is a statue of a woman with a sword.
  • May 2, 2018 Spent the day with Sam Smith of the Maine Blacksmiths Guild. Was a great day. We discussed becoming a blacksmith and the apprenticeship program. He also made me a bottle opener and I have it all on film, turned into a youtube tutorial.
  • May 3, 2018 Traveled around Portland Maine a bit. Took more pics and got some pictures of the Harbor and Atlantic Ocean.
  • May 4, 2018 Visited Searles Castles in Windham New Hampshire. And visited Searles Castle in Great Barrington Mass. And visited two meaderies including Maine Mead Works in Portland and Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry NH. You can read more about Searles Castles on my other website here: Searles Castle
  • May 5, Checked into a Super 8 Motel in New York. Visited Searles Castle in Great Barrington MA, Wing's Castle in Millbrook NY, Osborn Castle (Castle Rock) in Garrison NY and Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown NY.
  • May 6, Visited Bannerman Castle on an island of the Hudson River off Beacon NY. Good Day, not much of a castle though. Was originally a warehouse designed like a Scottish castle. You can see this castle in my youtube video here: Banner man Castle and castles along the Hudson River
  • May 7, Day off, did video editing, laundry , email etc.
  • May 8, Outstanding and profound day. I visited the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city. Got a lot of great pictures and take special note of the diorama I found in the museum. And there was a terrific medieval weapon and armor display at the MET and both places had a medieval clothing fashion show.
  • Article: The Angel of Death and the Sculptor - A sculpture in the MET
  • 18th Century Diorama - Also known as a Paper Theater. I found on in the MET in New York. So Decided to make one. It is a complete tutorial project that you can make too. Right here: Make an 18th Century Diorama
  • Weapons and Armor at the Met
  • May 9, Research and writing day
  • May 10, Work day, typical stuff, email, writing etc.
  • May 11, drove to Evans Mills NY and checked into a Days Inn.
  • Visited Thousand Islands Winery -
  • May 12, Took a tour boat on the St. Lawrence River to see two castles: Singer Castle and Boldt Castle. Was an amazing day. Both castles are magnificent.
  • Boldt castle has a series of architectural drawings on display. It is amazing to see something like that.
  • May 15, Visited Earle Estate Meadery in Penn Yan NY on my way to a new Motel In Buffalo New York. in Buffalo I looked up a local place called Duff's Famous Wings. I of course had to stop in and get myself some actual Buffalo Wings.
  • May 16, in Buffalo New York Visited Niagara Falls. Wonderful morning and afternoon at the falls. Got a lot of great pictures and video. In the evening I visited a meadery called LillyBelle Meadery.
  • May 17, Adventured into Canada to visit with a blacksmith. (Thak Ironworks). Great day, but I did get lost in Canada so that was a bit exhausting. But Thak Ironworks is pretty amazing.
  • May 19, checked out of Days Inn Motel in Buffalo and traveled to Microtel in Scranton Pennsylvania. ALong the way I made a stop at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning New York. Terrific day including some surprises like glass dioramas. And some telescope and optics stuff. Saw a glass blowing demonstration which was rather nice. I was suprised to see the glass dioramas. I have a page with the glass dioramas right here.
  • May 20, Work day. I stayed in my Motel in Trenton did writing, video editing and laundry. Note that I also saw a truck accident on the ramp near the hotel and I watched as a wedding party pulled in to the motel.
  • May 21, The Houdini Museum, An idea came to me and I shot a fun video about it. Otherwise I did video editing and normal web work, web pages etc.
  • May 22, A tale of two lunches...
  • May 23, Scranton Iron Furnaces , Anthracite Museum.
  • The Anthracite musuem has a coal mine diorama that inspired me to make a project I call The Dungeon Diorama Book.
  • May 24, Fonthill Castle, Moravian Pottery, Grey Towers, Pax Amicus Castle Theatre
  • May 25, Blacksmith of Trenton, Northlandz
  • May 26, Second day at Blacksmith of Trenton, Bryn Athyn Cathedral; Matt, Andre and his pregnant girlfriend.
  • May 27 Travel day to Baltimore Maryland, laundry and web work. Seriously dangerous rain on the highway. Come to find out that some of the Baltimore area is under emergency because of flash flooding. I might not be able to travel to where I want to go tomorrow!
  • May 28, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Burial site of JFK and an evening at Medieval Times.
  • May 29, Smithsonian.
  • May 30 The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore Maryland. Amazing!
  • May 31 Winchester Virginia
  • June 1
  • June 2 The Smithsonian Castle, The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
  • June 3, Washington DC including The White House, The Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument
  • June 4, Traveled to Ohio, James Episcopal Church in Bedford PA, Braddock Carnegie Library in Braddock, PA, Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
  • June 5, Visited the Cleveland Museum of Art - They have a great armor and weapons display along with a wide array of paintings and sculptures spanning centuries.
  • June 6, Visited Dragons Head Forge and Squires Castle, Traveled to Toledo Ohio
  • June 7, Traveled to Ann Arbor Michigan and Detroit
  • June 9, Detroit Institute of Art which includes Rodin's "The Thinker" and lots of medieval artifacts. And something called a magic illusion box. Drove to Ohio.
  • June 10, Curwood Castle
  • June 12, Loveland Castle also known as Chateau LaRoche In Loveland Ohio. Drove to Cincinnati and then on to Lexington Kentucky.
  • June 14, Kentucky Castle. Nice Castle like structure with Southern Charm.
  • June 16, Drove to Winston-Salem North Carolina.
  • June 20 Visited Duke Chapel at Duke University in North Carolina (Raleigh Durham)
  • June 21, Drove west to Asheville North Carolina - Visited The Biltmore Castle and Gardens.
  • June 24, Drove to Atlanta Georgia, Visited three Castles: Mclaughlin Castle, Rhodes Hall Castle and Oakhurst Castle.
  • June 28, Drove to St. Augustine Florida, Saw three castles and one fort: Villa Zuranayva, Ripley Castle and Castillo de San Marcos and Castle Otttiss
  • June 29, Drove to Orlando Florida and Disney, Visited Magic Kingdom and Disney Castle.
  • Tallahassee Florida, Just one night on the way to New Orleans
  • July 2, Arrived in New Orleans
  • July 3 New Orleans, Bourbon street
  • July 4 New Orleans, Fireworks on the river in New Orleans
  • July 5 Drove to Jackson Mississippi
  • July 6, work, email, posted sword video
  • July 7 Drove to Memphis Tennessee - Raymond Castle
  • July 9, St. Louis, Gateway to the West, St. Louis Basilica
  • July12, Indianapolis Indiana
  • July 14, Chicago Illinois - The Bean, The Chicago Institute of Art
  • July 15 Chicago
  • July 16 Drove to Iowa, love Iowa and Route 18 west. Corn country, windmills and bucolic terrain
  • July 17, Drove to Minneapolis, St. Paul. 4 Castles
  • July 18 Drove to Fargo ND, stopped at Fergus Falls Castle
  • July 19, Drove to Murdo SD, stopped at the Corn Palace
  • July 20, Badlands, Mount Rushmore in SD
  • July 21, Devil's Tower in Wyoming
  • July 22, Drove to Gillette Wyoming, Center of the Nation
  • July 23, Day of work Super 8 in Gillette
  • July 24, Drove to Powell Wyoming
  • July 25, Yellowstone Day, Finished in Bozeman Montana
  • July 26, Drove to Lolo Montana
  • July 27 Drove to Spokane Washington
  • July 28, Arrived in Seattle Washington, Saw the Space Needle
  • July 29, Work day
  • July 30 Flight from Seattle to Providence
  • Aug 14, return to Seattle
  • Aug 15-16 The Redwood forests National State Parks, The Big Tree and more
  • Aug 17 The Petrified Forest and The Castle Winery
  • Aug 18, Elephant Seal Breeding Grounds along the Pacific Coast Highway
  • Aug 19, The Castle Winery
  • Aug 20 Hearst Castle in San Simeon California
  • Aug 21 Winchester Castle
  • Aug 22, Ventura Highway California , Hollywood California
  • Aug 23, Santa Rosa California and Santa Clarita California
  • Aug 24, Chula Vista California
  • Aug 25Tijuana Mexico
  • Aug 26, Mount Palomar Observatory
  • Aug 26, Barstow California
  • Aug 27, drive to Las Vegas, stop in the Mojave Desert
  • Aug 27-29 Las Vegas - Excalibur Casino and show
  • Aug 28- evening. Drove down Las Vegas Strip and shot video. Pretty cool with all the neon, lights and excitement.
  • Aug 29, drove through a small portion of Arizona then entered Utah. This makes a total of 42 states so far. Staying in a town named Hurricane.
  • Aug 30, Zion National Park. What a stunningly beautiful park
  • Aug 31, Work day, video editing and writing.
  • Sep 1, Work day, video editing, built a project, writing.
  • Hurricane Utah
  • Sep 3 Drove to Panguitch Utah, Stayed in a beautiful little motel called Blue something or other, Very Route 66 and nostalgic roadside motel. I like Panguitch overall.
  • Sep 4 Bryce Canyon
  • Sep 5 Drove route 89 North from Panguitch. This is a very beautiful drive. One of the best drives in America.
  • Salina Utah
  • Zion National Park
  • Grand Junction Colorado
  • Boulder Colorado,
  • Westminster Castle
  • Bishop's Castle
  • Glen Eyrie Castle
  • Miramont Castle
  • Castle Marne in Boulder
  • JFK Memorial in Dallas (sep 21)
  • Old Heron Castle
  • Old Red Courthouse in Dallas
  • Fort Hood Texas
  • Ana Vidovic Classical Guitar Concert in Austin Texas
  • Had a Bison Burger. It actually is made from Bison
  • Texaloy Foundry
  • West Texas drive, really quite remarkable. West Texas is very different than the rest of Texas. It's true desert with a lot of scrub.
  • McDonald Observatory
  • Collins Castle
  • Turner Falls
  • Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
  • White Sands New Mexico
  • Las Cruces New Mexico
  • Southern New Mexico State Fair
  • Roswell New Mexico
  • Benson Arizona
  • Oct 2, Kingman Arizona
  • Oct 3 Drove a good portion of Route 66
  • Oct 4, Prescott Arizona
  • Oct 5, Travel to Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct 7, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Oct 8, Journey ended at the Grand Canyon in Arizona ( 20,474 miles) 5 1/2 months of traveling. All 48 states visited.
  • Oct 29th - moved into my new apartment in the northern part of Phoenix Arizona.

 

Need placing: Joslyn Castle, Nebraska, Omaha

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is a complete playlist of the Medieval America Series. You can watch all the videos through this player here without leaving my website.



 

 


Will is on a quest to See Medieval America. He is criss-crossing his way across the whole country from East to West. You can Join in the fun and follow along on his youtube channel right here: Will's Youtube channel.

He is learning how to build his own castle! You can support him in a variety of different ways including donating to the cause on Patreon. Patrons get special access to products, and videos specifically made for them. Will frequently creates a video on the road specifically for patrons. Learn more about supporting Will on Patreon Here

Learn more about the castle here

 

I have the first version of this castle done. It is an eight page pdf which includes the base sheet that you assemble it on. There are not yet any instructions to go with it. But you should be able to put it together relatively easily. I recommend you print it up onto some kind of index card or card stock. 90 pound paper is the best. Download it here: Merry Mead Castle Paper booklet

(If you need 90 pound paper it is available on amazon right here)

 

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