Website details ‘5 castles hiding in Maine’

When you think of castles, you probably think of European kings and queens of the Middle Ages, as well as all the legends and lore that go along with them.

But as one website noted, there are some historic castles “hiding in Maine” as well.

For the most part, these aren’t the same as the pseudo-military fortresses you’d have seen in Europe. But these Maine castles share many of the same characteristics — they’re large, typically built of stone and have the roof-line details many people associate with Old World castles.

The website OnlyInYourState.com lists five Maine castles, including the elaborate 1886 Norumbega Inn in Camden, the Victorian 1807 Castle Tucker in Wiscasset, and the 1871 Gothic Beckett’s Castle in Cape Elizabeth, which is reputedly still haunted by its late builder and Portland publisher Sylvester Beckett.

Rounding out the list is the vast 1835 estate of Sylvester Gardiner — the founder of, well, Gardiner — and the Arthur L. Mann Memorial Library in West Paris, built relatively recently in 1926, but perhaps the most stereotypically castle-looking of the bunch.

Click here to read the short descriptions OnlyInYourState posted for each of the five Maine castles. What other castles can be found in Maine? Leave your suggestions in the comments below or on Facebook.

Clockwise from left: The Arthur L. Mann Memorial Library in West Paris, Castle Tucker in Wiscasset and the Gardiner Castle. (West Paris and Wiscasset photos by magicpiano and westportwiki, respectively, used under Creative Commons licenses. Gardiner photo from Library of Congress.)

Clockwise from left: The Arthur L. Mann Memorial Library in West Paris, Castle Tucker in Wiscasset and the Gardiner Castle. (West Paris and Wiscasset photos by magicpiano and westportwiki, respectively, used under Creative Commons licenses. Gardiner photo from Library of Congress.)