Last Updated on January 28, 2023 by Ellen Christian
My latest day trip was with my Mom to Wilson Castle Vermont. 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 natural attractions.
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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. So, it really does have a unique style all its own.
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. But, you can wander through the gardens and stop at many of the outer buildings. But, you can’t enter all of them at the time I visited.
The Library – German Biedermeier conference table and matching chairs
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. I could easily spend hours looking at everything in the various rooms.
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.
I loved being able to wander through Wilson Castle Vermont and see what it was like to live hundreds of years ago. As I walked from room to room, it was easy to imagine I was visiting the Castle back in the 1800s during a party. There are a lot of stairs to climb. So, if you have difficulty walking please keep this in mind. There are benches on different levels and throughout the Castle for those that need to sit for a few minutes and rest.
The afternoon sunlight through the stained glass windows was truly stunning and the view of the Killington Mountain range from the veranda was gorgeous. I would love to return in the fall and see the view with the foliage at its peak. And, the gardens are certainly gorgeous at any time of the year.
There really are so many different things to see at Wilson Castle that I could spend hours there. Whether you want to see the history of Vermont or are more interested in period clothing and jewelry, it’s one of my favorite attractions.
Wilson Castle Vermont tours
Wilson Castle Vermont is available for functions, wedding ceremonies, and receptions. Occasionally murder mystery dinners are available as well. And, if you’re considering visit around Halloween, make sure you check out the Wilson Castle Haunted Tour which I have heard is amazing. So, there are two versions – one is with candlelight and another is “blackout” which is more intense. If you want to be scared, visit the blackout tour. If you simply want a little bit of spooky fun, check out the candlelight version. Get more information here.
Finally, 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. So, if you do take a tour, plan at least 45 minutes.
If you’re in the area, you might want to check out the Vermont Marble Museum. Or, make a trip to the New England Maple Museum. The Norman Rockwell Museum is a fantastic place to stop as is Hildene.
Open Daily – Including Sundays
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Late May through October
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