Quigley’s Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”
– photo by Brandonrush
No visit to the Eureka Springs area of Arkansas
is complete without a stop by Quigley’s Castle. This uniquely designed family home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Quigley’s Castle is less a castle than it is a unique family home. It would be nothing at all, were it not for the creative vision of one Elise Quigley.
The structure is located on an eighty-acre farm just four miles south of Eureka Springs. In 1930, W. D. Quigley deeded this property to his son, Albert Quigley and his son’s wife, Elise. Initially, they lived on the property in an old lumber shack.
According to legend, Albert promised Elise that she could design their new home and she got right to it. Unfortunately, five children into the marriage they were still living in the same, old lumber shack. To Elise, it seemed like they would never break ground. Eventually, something did break: it was Elise.
Elise Quigley had long since completed her design for the new house and was done waiting. One day, after Albert headed off to work, she and the children pulled the lumber shack down. Now Albert would HAVE to start the new house – and so he did.
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