UNKNOWN CASTLE ?


CASTLE RONALD ?

I received E-Mail that said:

I have been told that there was a castle in Newtown Connecticut, many years ago...In fact family rumor has it that my grandfather, B. N. Beard owned it....Before I start doing some major research I thought I would inquire online first....Can you help me in any way?

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

There is a Newtown CT but there are no castles there that I am aware of and I live about 20 miles from there.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

Reference the "Castle" in Newtown, CT. I think what you are looking for is on Rte 111. I drive by it on my way to work and it is clearly visible from the street. It may be Newtown or Monroe that it is actually located in. If you are driving on Rte 34, turn on to Rte 111. The beginning of this road is a pretty steep hill. As you near the top of the hill it will be on your left side. I will take a picture and email it in, although at this time I have no history to divulge. It is there, though.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

The castle of which is spoken on your list was built and owned by one of the Lorillards (I believe) and was torn down long before I arrived in Newtown, CT in 1967. It was located on Castle Hill Road behind and above the Congregational Church at the flagpole on Route 25 in the cener of the town.

Later, I received e-Mail that said:

DECEMBER 17, 1976 Castle Ronald, built by Peter L. Ronald in 1888 as a private dwelling, dominated the top of Castle Hill until 1947 when it was torn down. Mr Ronald lived here until his death in 1905, after which it was used for a series of unsuccessful enterprises. This photograph was taken about 1932. -Photo Courtesy of Carol Luf

I have this from the local newspaper, the Newtown Bee:

Newtown Bee, 1/17/2002: (from JANUARY 21, 1927): Deeds were passed today conveying Castle Ronald, one of the most widely known pieces of property in New England, to Raymond Krusasnik of the "Masse" Country School for Boys. The castle is one of the beauty spots of New England and was built 35 years ago by P. Lorillard Ronald of England.

Newtown Bee, 12/13/2001: Castle Ronald, built by Peter L. Ronald in 1888 as a private dwelling, dominated the top of Castle Hill until 1947 when it was torn down. Mr Ronald lived here until his death in 1905, after which it was used for a series of unsuccessful enterprises.

Castle Hill overlooks Main Street (Route 25) and the flag pole at the intersection with Church Hill Road in the center of the Borough of Newtown.

On 12-18-11, I received e-mail that said:

I may have found this castle. Iíve written a set of directions, based on what I saw in the Bing map:

From Roosevelt Rd. (Rte. 34), above the town of Stevenson, just below Lake Zoar, look south on Monroe Tpk. (Rte. 111) for Ĺ to ĺ of a mile, past Crown View Dr. on the left. Just below Crown View sits a large industrial-looking complex on the left. In front of this building is the the crenellated structure.

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Photo Courtesy of Carol Luf