Abandoned Kentucky Gilded Age Castle Finds Buyer

Hey everyone! We’ve got some exciting news to share about a beautiful castle in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. So, on May 22, 2020, this amazing abandoned castle, which had been on and off the market for quite a while, finally sold for $78,101. Can you believe it?

Back in April, we posted about this property on our Facebook page, and it generated a lot of interest. The initial asking price was $49,500, and guess what? It went under contract in less than a week!

Let me tell you a bit more about this place. Located at 712 W. Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, this foreclosure property is truly a gem. It offers a whopping 10,500 square feet of living space, with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and sits on 2.96 acres of land. And get this—it was built way back in 1890!

This castle, known as Mooreland, was commissioned by Colonel Daniel Lawson Moore for his second wife, Miss Minnie Ball of Woodford County. It’s a stunning example of Romanesque Revival architecture, the largest and most luxurious of its kind in Mercer County. The construction took five years, and although we don’t know the architect’s name, the level of craftsmanship is comparable to the renowned Theophilus Conrad house in Louisville.

The mansion is made of limestone and brick, with the front entirely crafted from stone. Each block is meticulously tooled with ribbing or bush-hammering, giving it a unique and impressive appearance. The veranda, supported by polished granite pillars topped with intricate limestone capitals, adds to its grandeur. You’ll notice the octagonal shape of the veranda on either end, and at the southern side, there’s a four-story tower with an entablature and parapet.

We’ve included some pictures of the castle in its current state, as well as some snapshots from when it was still inhabited. It’s fascinating to see its history and imagine the possibilities for its future.

Before the bank divided the property into two lots of 2.96 acres each, the castle had actually been listed for sale with over forty acres and a price tag exceeding one million dollars. It’s amazing how things can change over time!

So, let’s come together and breathe new life into this old fortress. We’re thrilled about its sale, and we hope that this castle will be restored to its former glory. Feel free to share the news and spread the word. Together, we can make this dream a reality!

The House in around 2010 in good condition: