Stokesay Castle

Judi Taylor

Stowe, United States

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The castle is located on Spook Lane half way up the mountain in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Stokesay Castle was built in 1931 by George Bear Hiester as a honeymoon cottage for his bride. He closely duplicated the original Stokesay Castle in Shropshire England which was built in 1240 and is still in existence . . . he had been impressed by it on a trip to England.

Mr. Hiester had come into his inheritance at the age of 21 and no expense was spared to be authentic in his endeavor. Local building materials and craftsmen were used, and great care was exercised in carefully duplicating hand carved beams, bas relief figures in plaster ceilings and leaded glass windows. Then the benefits of all available modern conveniences such as 300 amp electrical service, an extensive hot water heating system, $30,000 worth of hardware were added, all of which still function today. Mr. Hiester even maintained his own personal fire engine company to protect the property.

Believe it or not, his new wife did not find the castle to her liking so it was maintained as a summer party home by Mr. Hiester until 1956 when it was sold to a group of individuals who converted it into a restaurant.

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