March 1, 2013

Ravenloft Castle Winter 2013


Every 2 years I seem to make a trip this wonderful Abandoned Castle thats Sits high on a dark hillside outside of a small town in Upstate New York.

This Year was a disappointment. Over the last year or two this wonderful location has taken a turn for the worse. Upon walking into the kitchen I noticed stack of plywood and now the owners of this location have decided to start sealing it up. This to me is a good idea and might save it from further vandalism.

The 1st floor still looked the way it did in 2009 when I made my 1st trip. After walking up the staircase to the 2nd floor everything changes. Almost 95% of the 2nd and 3rd floor halls and rooms are now covered in Graffiti. Not Graffiti that one would consider art, Instead its filled with profanity and stupid ramblings that make no sense at all. Sealing this location will be the best thing to ever happen to it....

And now on to some history,

Sitting high on a dark hillside outside of a small town in Upstate New York, The Ravenloft Castle looks like it escaped from the pages of Grimm’s fairy tales. Complete with Gothic windows, turrets, towers, steep parapeted roofs, crumbling walls, and a courtyard overgrown with shrubs and trees The Ravenloft Castle has been a landmark and a source of stories both real and romantic for almost 100 years. The design of the castle is thought to have been inspired by late nineteenth century interpretations of medieval European castles constructed in Scotland.
The castle had 36 rooms and legend passed down from generation to generation says that each room had steam heat and electricity long before any home in the township had them. The roofing slate came from England, the marble for the floors, fireplace and staircases from Italy and the iron gates from France. The fireplace in the reception room was valued at over $5000 in 1910. Gold leaf was used to cover it.
Construction on the castle was begun in the early years of the First World War, and ceased in 1924, three years after the owner’s death in 1921. Never fully completed, the building represents an impressive example of the romanticized medievalism that emerged in American culture at the turn of the twentieth century.
Buildings on the property include the castle, tall ornate iron gates with stone piers, a one-lane stone bridge on the service road, several "service" buildings along the Road and a farm complex in the southwest corner.






A few that I edited to make look them look vintage.



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These Next 6 Pictures Showing the Graffiti are from an urban explorer and my good friend Lisa Walsh





That is the Reason I Never Post Real Name of Locations or Give Out Info!!!!

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11 comments:

  1. I was there last spring, this very week and the graffiti was not there. People who do this should be flogged. I always tell my daughter to leave it as you found it so others can enjoy these places. Pisses me off. It took me alot of time and effort to find it's location and it appears, "kids", judgeing from what was spray painted, messed it up good.

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  2. This is truly a shame. These kids ruined it for everyone else. I'm so sad. We just moved here and would have loved to see this.

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  3. I'm surprised that this beautiful structure has never been purchased and renovated.

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  4. I am looking to visit some old abandoned places here in ny I live close to VT bridge and if anyone knows of a great place like this beautiful castle could you plz let me know? Rak2713@Yahoo.com

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    1. my new email is rebeccakulickowski@gmail.com plz id really like to check this place out before I cant.

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  5. I am looking to visit some old abandoned places here in ny I live close to VT bridge and if anyone knows of a great place like this beautiful castle could you plz let me know? Rak2713@Yahoo.com

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  6. This may seem silly and to some a waste of time but would anybody be interested in fixing up the vandalism? I know it would likely be short lived but it would be nice to see it painted normal again

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    1. I'd be interested though I don't know exactly where this is located but I certainly hate seeing abandoned houses destroyed by kids who don't care

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    2. I'd be interested though I don't know exactly where this is located but I certainly hate seeing abandoned houses destroyed by kids who don't care

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