In 1970, Mike Freeman, a senior in architecture class, was asked to draw a house. What he came up with surprised his teachers. When they looked at his paper they found that his plans included a medieval castle that included a Great Room and details like a hooded fireplace.
Fast forward to 1976 and Mr. Freeman, a young photographer was searching for a location for his dream house when he met John Covington, who shared his vision and helped make it possible for Mike to purchase the forty acres of land needed to make his dream home a reality.
|Mr. Mike Freeman, who greets visitors on arrival at the castle and tells his story.|
Later, talented craftsman such as Kenneth Canaday (Master Mason) and David Wright (Tile Maker), and Fran Paris (Electrician) helped in it’s construction. The first tower was constructed in 1980. The first floor kitchen alone required two years of weekends to mold the 14,000 bricks into sixty brick arches.
The second tower begun construction in 1985 and includes one of the focal points, the Great Room on it’s second floor… a magnificent room for entertaining and festivity with a 28′ vaulted ceiling and balcony with minstral gallery. The second tower also includes the great hooded fireplace seen in Mike’s original High School sketches. It was completed with the use of computer engineering by Cumberland Stoneworks and cut with Indiana limestone.
Also in 1985, began the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, which was originally held on the castle grounds, but sadly, had to relocate (partially) in 1997 due to I-840 construction. Visitors to the festival can still see the castle, but now have to arrive via bus from the main festival grounds.
On visiting… you’ll find:
The Free Lancers
The Empty Hats
Castle Gwynn Tours
And of course… amazing food!
|Scotch Eggs – Personal Favorite|