Featured in the Love of Eerie and Enchanting Group, 22-July-2013
In the back of Kips Castle, you can climb up stone stairs to a patio type area, off of which you can enter the castle through big doors on the left, or walk along the side and look into the windows along the back. You can take a photo if you press the camera right against the glass and position it the right way. I got several shots of the inside rooms and look forward to going back in April when they open the castle for tours. I will find out then of course if they allow cameras inside or not.
In 1902 construction began on a castle on a hill with a view of the skyline of New York City and the villages of Verona and Montclair. For three years, work continued on what would become Kypsburg, the home of Frederick Ellsworth Kip and his wife, Charlotte Bishop Williams Kip. Mr. Kip was a wealthy textile inventor and industrialist who published several books on U.S. tariff laws.
The Kip’s Castle Estate located on the ridge of First Mountain, which is shared by Verona and Montclair, is said to have been designed by Mrs. Kip and features 30 distinctive rooms in the castle, many with vaulted ceilings and fireplaces with handcrafted tiles. In addition, there is a two-story, 6,000 square-foot carriage house on the property. A showpiece of the property was a renowned octagonal rose garden.
I give you this history because it is reported that Mrs. Kip (Charlotte Bishop Williams Kip) loved her castle so much she never left. and after looking at this photo, the only one I must add with the strange light effects and white mist on the stairway, I wonder if I captured the ghost of Mrs. Kip. what do you think?