If you thought the title couldn’t possibly be right, you’re in for a surprise. Yes, the United States is only 245 years old and yes Washington has only been a state since 1889. But Washington does indeed have a 500-year-old castle, it’s called Thornewood Castle.
In 1907 a man by the name of Chester Thorne bought a 400-year-old Elizabethan manor in England. He had it dismantled and shipped over to Tacoma. Using the manor he created the Tudor Gothic home that exists today.
That means items like the front door, oak paneling, and oak staircase all came from inside the castle. Plus the home is also filled with over 100 pieces of stained glass. All of which were salvaged from 15th & 16th-century churches.
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So how can you check out this special place? Thornewood Castle offers overnight rooms, vacation rentals, and also operates as a venue for special events. So if you’re planning a wedding and feeling inspired by Bridgerton, you might just want to book this castle as your venue, it’s a truly unforgettable spot.
Before we forget to mention, the grounds were designed by the Olmstead Brothers, the same duo who designed Central Park and also several local parks including Volunteer Park. So not only is the inside of this castle beautiful but the outside is too.
You can learn more about Thornewood Castle by visiting their website.