When the French Revolution heated up, the politically active Liedekerke-Beaufort family were forced to abandon their castle in the Walloon region of southern Belgium.
After a few decades of lying low on a nearby farm, the Liedekerke-Beauforts were ready for a new chateau. In 1866 they turned to English architect Edward Milner, whose Gothic design came to life in the form of Miranda Castle.
via Abandoned Noisy Castle, or Miranda Castle, in Belgium.
Archaeologists in Turkey have uncovered a secret tunnel, storage rooms, a military shelter, and two dungeons during restoration work on Tokat Castle, where Vlad III the Impaler, who served as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character Dracula, is believed to have been held captive in the early 15th century.
via Archaeologists Believe They've Found Dungeons That Held 'Dracula' – The Epoch Times.
James Connaughton interviews Antony Edmonds about his new book, ‘Oscar Wilde’s Scandalous Summer: The 1894 Worthing Holiday and the Aftermath’.
via The extraordinary story of Oscar Wilde’s holiday in Worthing in 1894 – Worthing Herald.
The home that inspired one of the most famous paintings in American history could soon be in search of a tenant.
If you’re keen on living the quiet life in Eldon, Iowa (pop. 900) and have around just $250 per month, the house featured in Grant Wood’s 1930 masterpiece American Gothic could be the home for you.
The pitchfork, however, won’t be included.
via Pitchfork not included: House from American Gothic painting vacant again after tenant of four years moves on to greener pastures | Daily Mail Online.