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Mysteries at the Castle

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Inspired by the television show Mysteries at the Castle, which airs on the Travel Channel.

Did your ancestors walk the halls of these impressive edifices? Explore these castle projects to find out!

If you would like to contribute to this project or the sub-projects for the castles, please scroll to the bottom for some guidelines.

Thanks to Bjørn for his excellent format.

Season 3 (2016)

  1. "The Diamond Necklace Affair; Topless Duel; Abseiling Escape" - Château de Versailles in France; Kynžvart Castle in Czech Republic; Königstein Fortress near Dresden, Germany; Harry Houdini's estate in Hollywood Hills, California; Kew Palace in London, England; Seminole Lodge in Fort Myers, Florida.
  2. "Fall of the Knights Templar; Resurrecting Sherlock; Weeping Stones Curse" - La Conciergerie in Paris, France; Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut; Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland; Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France; Allerton Castle in Harrogate, England.
  3. "Good King Wenceslas; Prison Painter; Butlers's Secret" - Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic; Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, France; Burnt Norton Estate in Chipping Campden, England; Berkley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia; Kenilworth Castle in Kenilworth, England; Bowers Mansion in Washoe County, Nevada.
  4. "The Brothers Grimm; Savior of Fort Jefferson; Missing Head of State" - Philippsruhe Castle in Hanau, Germany; Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida; Château de Pau in Pau, France; Prospect Place Mansion in Trinway, Ohio; Bentley Priory in Stanmore, England; Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, England.
  5. "Betrayal of William Wallace; Casanova's Greatest Love; Astronomical Whodunnit" - Chillingham Castle in Northumberland, England; Duchcov Château in Duchcov, Czech Republic; Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark; Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England; Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England; Stonecliffe in Mackinac Island, Michigan.
  6. "Queen Victoria Assassination Attempt; Lucky Lindy; Affair of the Poisons" - Kensington Palace in London, England; Vikingsholm in Tahoma, California; Château de Vincennes in Vincennes, France; Fortezza Vecchia in Livorno, Italy; Grouseland in Vincennes, Indiana; Ardkinglas Estate in Cairndow, Scotland.
  7. "Prince's Plight; Mad King Ludwig; Falling for Love" - Dunstaffnage Castle in Oban, Scotland; Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany; Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, Scotland; Dover Castle in Dover, England; Plas Newydd in Llangollen, Wales; Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  8. "Pink Diamond Heist; Bloody Baron; Samlesbury Witches" - Château de Chantilly in Chantilly, France; Castello di Roccascalegna in Roccascalegna, Italy; Samlesbury Hall in Samlesbury, England; White Hall in Richmond, Kentucky; Château de Carrouges in Carrouges, France; Stratford Hall in Stratford, Virginia.
  9. "Deadliest Chess Game; Gustav III Assassination; Shot in the Heart" - Gustav III's Pavilion in Solna, Sweden; Mont Helena in Rolling Fork, Mississippi; Bamburgh Castle in Bamburgh, England; Thunderbird Lodge in Incline Village, Nevada; Mugdock Castle in Mugdock, Scotland.
  10. "Savior of Flamenco; Murderous Mathelda; The Bickerstaff Hoax" - Alhambra in Granada, Spain; Castello di Poppi in Poppi, Italy; Moor Park in Farnham, England; Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark; Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon; Le Logis Royal in Loches, France.
  11. "Aussie Adam & Eve; Corpse Queen; Voyage of the Clermont" - Norwich Castle in Norwich, England; Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra, Portugal; Clermont Mansion in Germantown, New York; Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Scotland; Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, New York; Château de la Muette in Paris, France.
  12. "Witchfinder General; Isabella and Ferdinand; Poisoned Rice" - Colchester Castle in Colchester, England; Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos in Córdoba, Spain; Nichols-Rice-Cherry House in Houston, Texas; Shrewsbury Castle in Shrewsbury, England; Hochosterwitz Castle in Launsdorf, Austria; Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, Washington.
  13. "Jack The Giant Killer; Last Emperor of Mexico; Saving Britain's Art" - St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall, England; Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, Mexico; Penrhyn Castle in Bangor, Wales; Ajuda National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal; Linz Castle in Linz, Austria; Belvedere Castle in New York, New York.

Season 2 (2015)

  1. "Dracula; Queen and the Mistress; King Arthur" - Bran Castle in Bran, Romania; Glastonbury Abbey in Glastonbury, England; Loveland Castle in Loveland, Ohio; Castle Predjama in Predjama, Slovenia; Château de Chenonceau in Loire Valley, France; Whitehall in Palm Beach, Florida.
  2. "Henry 8th; Bannerman's Castle Curse; Mechanical Turk Hoax" - Hampton Court Palace near Surrey, England; Carlisle Castle in Carlisle, England; Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria; Aldrich House in Providence, Rhode Island; Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island in New York; Knole Park Estate in Almondsbury, England.
  3. "Faust; Pirate Queen; First Versailles" - Waardenburg Castle in Waardenburg, Netherlands; Rockfleet Castle in Newport, Ireland; Carisbrooke Castle in Carisbrooke on Isle of Wight, England; W.K. Kellogg Manor House in Hickory Corners, Michigan; Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy, France; Fort Ticonderoga in the Adirondacks, New York.
  4. "Green Lady; Count of Monte Cristo; Robin Hood" - Château de Brissac in Loire Valley, France; Maraldene Mansion in New Haven, Connecticut; Fenestrelle Fort in Fenestrelle, Italy; Theobalds House in Hertfordshire, England; Nottingham Castle in Nottingham, England; Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, New York.
  5. "House That Saved a King; Joan of Arc; Hamilton Sex Scandal" - Moseley Old Hall near Staffordshire, England; Jettingen Castle in Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany; Hamilton Grange in New York, New York; Wyken Hall in Suffolk, England; Royal Fortress of Chinon in Loire Valley, France; Glenmont Estate in West Orange, New Jersey.
  6. "Royal Baccarat Scandal; Soleste and Moroello; Franz Ferdinand" - Tranby Croft near Hull, England; Bardi Castle in Bardi, Italy; Artstetten Castle's crypt in Artstetten, Austria; California Governor's Mansion in Sacramento; Birr Castle in Birr, Ireland; Carlyle House in Alexandria, Virginia.
  7. "Book Chest; Miracle of Anne Greene; Hemingway's Last Cent" - Oxford Castle in Oxford, England; Jacuzzi Family Home in Sonoma, California; Loevestein Castle near Poederoijen, Netherlands; Lummis House in Los Angeles, California; Zeist Castle in Utrecht, Netherlands; Hemingway House in Key West, Florida.
  8. "Book Thief; Bigamist Dutchess; Patent-ly Absurd" - Mont Sainte-Odile Abbey in the Vosges Mountains of France; York Castle in York, England; Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire, England; Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield, Illinois; Trifels Castle in Annweiler, Germany; Seelye Mansion in Abilene, Kansas.
  9. "Martin Luther Kidnapping; Witches of Belvoir; Secret Queen" - Belvoir Castle near Grantham, England; Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany; Highlands Ranch Mansion in Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Château de Maintenon in Maintenon, France; Donington Hall in Derby, England; James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  10. "The Real Beauty and the Beast; Birdman of Scotland; Master of Disguise" - Château de Blois in Blois, France; Gamble Mansion in Ellenton, Florida; Stirling Castle in Stirling, Scotland; La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland; Emily Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts.
  11. "Irish Art Heist; Dickens Affair; Prince of Porcelain" - Russborough House in County Wicklow, Ireland; Château des Milandes in Périgord, France; Château d'Hardelot in Condette, France; Old Fort Niagara Castle in Youngstown, New York; Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen, Germany; The Mangoes in Fort Myers, Florida.
  12. "Making of an Artist; Secret Sonar; Fairy Flag" - Glamis Castle in Glamis, Scotland; Château du Bosc in Aveyron, France; Graycliff Estate in Derby, New York; Dunvegan Castle in Isle of Skye, Scotland; Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada; Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.
  13. "Battle to Cross the Channel; Royal Matchmaker; Boettcher Kidnapping" - Château de Maillebois in Maillebois, France; Polesden Lacey in Great Bookham, England; Boettcher Mansion in Golden, Colorado; Château de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau, France; La Casa Blanca in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Milky Way Farm in Pulaski, Tennessee.

Season 1 (2014)

(Originally aired as Castle Secrets & Legends)

  1. "Real Frankenstein; Mummy Curse; Man in the Iron Mask" - Frankenstein Castle in Darmstadt, Germany; Cliveden House in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England; Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England; Fort Royal on the island of Île Sainte-Marguerite; Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
  2. "Crown Jewels Heist; Marquis de Sade; Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" - Tower of London in London, England; Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York City, New York; Château de Miolans in St. Pierre d’Albigny, France; Karlsruhe Palace in Karlsruhe, Germany; Eagle's Nest in Centerport, New York; Thrumpton Hall in Nottinghamshire, England.
  3. "Hound of the Baskervilles; Lord Gordon-Gordon; Escape from Colditz" - Cromer Hall in Norfolk, England; Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York; Colditz Castle in Colditz, Germany; Berkeley Castle in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; Tour Magdala in Rennes-le-Château, France; Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island.
  4. "The Tichborne Claimant; Washington Resurrection; Loch Ness Hoax" - Castello di Malaspina in Fosdinovo, Italy; Upton House in Poole, England; Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon, Virginia; Villa dei Mulini in Elba, Italy; Urquhart Castle in Inverness, Scotland; Mount Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
  5. "The Black Dinner; Voynich Manuscript; Seward Attack" - Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland; Searles Castle in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Gradara Castle in Gradara, Italy; Danesfield House in Marlow, England; Seward House Museum in Auburn, New York; Villa Mondragone in Rome, Italy.

Guidelines for Collaborators

If you would like to assist with this project or sub-projects for the castles, please click "Join Project" above. These are our operating guidelines:

  1. Before creating a sub-project for a castle, please search to see if one already exists. I've linked the ones I found, but others may be creating them as we go.
  2. When creating a castle sub-project, please tag this one in the Related Projects module.
  3. Each castle sub-project should be tagged with a photo that is already available in this project's photos.
  4. Make sure you have permission to use photos. This project's photos cover all the castles and already include the required attribution.