Beautiful Castles in Maryland
There are a number of beautiful castles in Maryland. Unlike the castles in most states the majority of the castles in Maryland were built using public funds and the castles served and continue to serve public purposes. Almost all of these castles in Maryland are open to the public and are great places to visit and see.
Cloisters Castle in Lutherville
Cloisters Castle is located at 10440 Falls Road in Lutherville, Maryland. Cloisters Castle was built in 1932 by ironwork magnate Sumner A. Parker and his wife Dudrea as their summer home. The Sumner's lived in Baltimore and took many trips to Europe where they fell in love with the medieval architecture and built their own castle on a hilltop in Lutherville which they furnished with medieval antiques and tapestries. Parts of Cloisters Castle were also imported from European medieval buildings. The Sumner's left Cloisters Castle to the city of Baltimore which rents out the castle for weddings and special events. Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett where married at Cloisters Castle in 1998. Anybody can tour Cloisters Castle if you tell them you are interested in renting the place out for your wedding.
The Castle on the Hill at Baltimore City College
The Castle on the Hill at Baltimore City College High School is located at 3220 The Alameda in Baltimore, Maryland. Though called Baltimore City College this institution is really a college prep high school that dates back to 1839 which makes it the 3rd oldest high school in the United States. The current Castle on the Hill building dates back to 1926 and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003.
Elkton Armory Castle
The Elkton Armory Castle is located on Railroad Avenue in Elkton in the extreme northeast corner of Maryland. The Elkton Armory Castle was built in 1915 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985.
Frederick Armory Castle
The Frederick Armory Castle is located at 121 North Bentz Street in Frederick, Maryland. The Frderick Armory Castle was built in 1900 and serves as a recreation center for the city of Frederick today.
Enchanted Forest Castles in Ellicott City
The old Enchanted Forest Theme Park at 10010 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City has or at least had a couple of model castles on its ground though the place has been closed for a number of years and the current REIT that owns the place has been letting someone take away parts of the place but I think the castles are still there.
Hagerstown Armory Castle
The Hagerstown Armory Castle is located at 18500 Roxbury Road in Hagerstown, Maryland. The Hagerstown Armory Castle was built in 1926 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Hyattsville Armory Castle
The Hyattsville Armory Castle is located at 5123 Baltimore Avenue which is also Route 1 in Hyattsville, Maryland. The Hyattsville Armory Castle was built in 1918 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
National Park Seminary Castle in Forest Glen
Image Source (English Castle in disrepair)
The National Park Seminary Castle is located on the old National Park Seminary grounds in Forest Glen, Maryland north of Washington DC just off the 495 Capital Beltway. The National Park Seminary was a private all girls finishing school from 1894-1942. An English Castle was built on the grounds in 1904 and remains here today though in disrepair. It is often called the Beta Castle. The National Park Seminary buildings are being converted into condo units today in castle-like fashion.
Allegany County Courthouse in Cumberland
The Allegany County Courthouse is located at 30 Washington Street in Cumberland, Maryland. Built in the late 1800's for a total cost of $97,000 the castle like Allegany County Courthouse structure is the most distinctive building in Cumberland.
Laurel Armory Castle in Laurel
The Laurel Armory Castle is located at 422 Montgomery Street in Laurel, Maryland. This castle like building was built in 1927 and served as a National Guard Armory until the city of Laurel purchsed the 17,964 square foot building. Today the Laurel Armory Castle is called the Anderson & Murphy Community Cneter and feautures a gymnasium, fitness room, a game room and meeting rooms as it serves the needs of the Laurel community.
Maryvale Castle in Brooklandville
Image Source (Original Warwick Castle in England that Maryvale Castle was modeled after)
The Maryvale Castle is located at 11300 Falls Road in Brooklandville, Maryland which is north of Baltimore. The Maryvale Castle was built in 1917 by Dr. Walter Wickes and was modeled after Warwick Castle in England. Originally called Wickcliffe the castle was sold to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1945 and today the castle is the home of the all girls Maryvale Preparatory School for grades 6-12.