Visit Wilson Castle Vermont in Central Vermont

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We don’t really travel in the summer except locally. I love taking day trips to see everything that Vermont has to offer. It really is a state with a rich history and lots to see whether you prefer museums or nature attractions.  My latest day trip was with my Mom to Wilson Castle.

Wilson Castle Vermont

Wilson Castle Vermont

Wilson Castle was built in the middle of the 19th century in the heart of the Green Mountains. The estate is located in Proctor, Vermont on the West Proctor Road and is a short drive from Rutland, Vermont. The Castle has been the home of five generations of the Wilson family. The design is a blend of European styles and the facade of the Castle is set with English brick and marble with nineteen open proscenium arches, a turret, parapet and balcony.

Wilson Castle Vermont

 

The Castle sits on 115 acres of land and the grounds include cattle barns, stables, carriage house and the gas house. The Castle itself has three floors divided into 32 rooms. Only two floors are available to be viewed at this time. The third floor is being renovated. When we visited, work was being done on the entrance of the Castle as well.

Wilson Castle Vermont

The Castle is known for the beautiful stained-glass windows (84 in total).  The fireplaces are finished with imported tiles and bronze. The rooms themselves are absolutely beautiful and the furniture and accessories made me truly feel like I had stepped back in time.  The antiques and vintage items are from a variety of styles and times including a Louise XVI Crown Jewel Case (circa 1621), Tiffany Chandelier, a German Biedermeier conference table and matching chairs and frescoed ceilings by Chiapini.

Wilson Castle Vermont

The Library – German Biedermeier conference table and matching chairs

Wilson Castle Vermont

I loved being able to wander through the Castle and see what it was like to live hundreds of years ago. It was easy to imagine I was visiting the Castle back in the 1800s during a party as I walked from room to room. The afternoon sunlight through the stained glass windows was truly stunning and the view of the Killington Mountain range from the veranda was gorgeous.

Wilson Castle Vermont

Wilson Castle Vermont

Wilson Castle Vermont

Wilson Castle Vermont

The Castle is available for functions, wedding ceremonies and receptions.  Occasionally murder mystery dinners are available as well.  There are tours you can join or you can simply wander through the Castle on your own at your own speed which is what we did.  If you do take a tour, plan at least 45 minutes.

Wilson Castle Vermont

 

For a look at fashions and the Wilson Castle, please visit The Socialite’s Closet.  For a look at entertainment at the Wilson Castle, please visit In Our Spare Time.

 

Open Daily – Including Sundays

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Late May through October

www.wilsoncastle.com

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Comments

  1. Jenna Wood says
    I love how pretty, bright, and feminine the interior decor is, while still being very historical! This is exactly the type of place I would love to visit if I were in Vermont!
  2. It does make a statement. I adore stained glass. I can imagine it would make a lovely place to hold a wedding
  3. I've never heard of this place, but it looks gorgeous! I have cousins that have a summer house in Vermont, I will suggest it to them.
  4. How cool! I wanted to swing through Vermont on the way to NY but we were already running hours behind schedule. This looks so cool.
  5. We love doing house tours. When we visit Charleston, Savannah, and other places we always try to do this.   I've never been to Vermont but this is somewhere I'd like to visit! 
  6. I love visiting castles. I had not heard about this one. We'll have to check it out on a future trip to VT.
  7. What beautiful photos...looks like a fun afternoon!
  8. Shelley Zurek says
    I am interested to know the brief history behind it. Why is it there?  Who built it?  Very cool.  Love architecture.  
    • Ellen Christian says
      The castle began in 1867 by Doctor & Lady Johnson. He was a Vermonter who went to England to study medicine. While there he met & married a wealthy woman of the aristocracy. After 71/2 years of planning and construction the castle was completed at the sum of $1,300,000. The Johnson’s remained in the castle for only a brief time. I believe it was built as their family home which must have been very neat!
  9. Nicole Dz says
    WOW what a dream place to visit. I love the old world feeling in the rooms. And everything on the land included is awesome. The view is amazing. And 32 rooms, I couldn't even image, pretty big! It's great they keep things like this preserved and updated.
  10. Elizabeth L says
    Oh gorgeous! I'd love to visit the next time I am in the USA!
  11. Tina @ My Highest Self says
    What a great idea for a day trip! The castle looks beautiful and the decor is so interesting. I'd actually love to have a dining table like that in my own home!
  12. Murder mystery dinner theater in a castle sounds like a lot of fun!

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