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Wing’s Castle – Love, Genius and Perseverance

“I want you to marry me. And I will build you a castle”. These were the words of 23 years old Peter Wing back in 1970, when he proposed to Toni Ann, standing in a middle of an empty green field in Millbrook, New York. Peter was born and raised a farm boy, and had no idea about construction, never mind building medieval castles, but a promise is a promise.

Wing's Castle

Of course, today you can task trusted Google with getting you all the instructions for DIY castle building enthusiasts. However, in 1970 Google was not even conceived. That didn’t stop Peter – book by book, rock by rock, piece of scrap after piece of scrap, the dream was coming along. Peter and Toni didn’t have money to simply go and shop at the “all for castle builders” aisle at the local Home Depot. Instead, they got whatever pieces they could from the demolitions sites, from houses to buildings to the roads. If you look at the castle rooftops, they look perfectly authentic, similar to what I saw recently in Copenhagen – you will have to do some serious sleuthing to see that those can be old copper sinks and bathtubs – and same goes for most of the parts which together equate to a beautiful castle.

Peter had to conquer many professions to build the house of his dreams – bricklayer, carpenter, plumber, blacksmith – but the castle was growing. When we met Peter about 8 years ago, he was already famous – Wing’s Castle was featured on the Discovery channel and was well known as a unique attraction (the way the castle was built, with lots of small corridors and tight corners, it was also an ideal Halloween destination). Peter had plans for opening a Bed and Breakfast as part of the castle, which would make his and Toni’s life easier.

Last weekend we visited the Wing’s Castle again for a tour with a group of friends, which was run by Toni – we learned that Peter died in the fatal car crash about 3 years ago. The Bed and Breakfast is mostly operational now, with Charles, Peter and Toni’s son, finishing construction of the last guest suite, which will complete the Wing’s Castle – well, or not. I’m sure there will be always ideas to make the castle just a little bit better, don’t you think?

Take a look at the pictures below – look at all the little details and think about all the love and perseverance which went into this lifetime of work. This is the genius of the humankind, the never ending desire to create – forever and ever.

Wing's Castle

Wing's Castle

Wing's Castle

Wing's Castle

View of the valley from Wing's Castle Single Stone Picnic table at Wing's Castle

Outdoor decor at Wing's Castle

Let’s take a look inside:

And a few moer:

Wing's Castle

Wing's Castle

Wing's Castle

Let’s go shoot some targets?

 

Wing's Castle

 

Peter Wing's Autoportret at Wing's Castle

Peter Wing, self-portrait

Wing's Castle

 

Wing's Castle

Beautiful mosaic…

The latest addition, B&B Guest Suite:

B&B Guest Suite Wing's Castle

B&B Guest Suite Door Wing's Castle

B&B Guest Suite at Wing's Castle

 

 

Wing's Castle

Find the drill bit

And now my favorite – rooftops:

Rooftops of Wing's Castle

Wing's Castle

Wing's Castle

Rooftops of Wing's Castle There you have it, my friends. If you are are visiting the area, Wing’s Castle well worth your attention, simply as a proof that people can achieve whatever they will set their mind to. Do you have your favorite love story to share?

  1. August 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    This is so beautiful! I will have to see how close this is to my family home back in NY. I am not familiar with this area.

    • August 11, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      New York is rather a large state, with lots and lots of things to see and do. But if you can make to the castle, I think you will not regret.

  2. August 9, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Fabulous! I hope to see the castle someday. What a wonderful story and great photos

    • August 11, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Michelle. Come visit, you can stay at the B&B there!

  3. August 10, 2017 at 11:42 am

    How fantastic of a story! I love the castle!! So pretty! only an hour and half away from my NJ home- may have to take a drive!!

    • August 10, 2017 at 11:50 am

      I can give you a few more reasons to do it without much delay, while you are on the east coast. First, Toni said that they plan to stop giving individual tours next year, only bus tours. Also, less than a mile away, there is Millbrook winery, which makes very nice CF (Loire style, green), and – the owner of Millbrook winery also owns Williams Selyem, so those cult bottles are freely available at Millbrook winery… you can just stay at he B&B at the castle!

  4. August 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    What a sweet story (though the last part is sad). Thanks for telling us about this gem.

    • August 11, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Definitely a unique place. I’m always amazed by the human creativity and determination.

  5. August 17, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Very cool place!

    • August 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      It is very cool! If you ever visit New York, you CS stay there!

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