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Atalaya Castle

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Address: Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island, SC
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Castle? No, but a very interesting historic family retreat!

The word 'castle' is a bit misleading for this winter retreat of the Huntington family who donated the property for Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens at Pawley's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
Brenda W
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The word 'castle' is a bit misleading for this winter retreat of the Huntington family who donated the property for Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens at Pawley's Island, S.C. However, it is a very interesting historic building and grounds with lots to see. Please note that it is located inside the State Park, to which there is an... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

While visiting the Huntington Beach State Park, we also included a tour of the Atalaya Castle. While the "castle" is all bare inside, with no furniture not pictures to give one an idea of what the location looked like in its prime when it was occupied, it is still an interesting building, just to get an idea of what money... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

history and this residence are from a past era. children and adults alike are amazed at the construction and grounds. the art festivals are indicative of the quality of local art talent in the s.c. area. wonderful works of art are available

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

well worth $2 admission, unique structure located steps away from the beach. Self guided tour with a pamphlet ,who can walk into the bare rooms. No furniture left.Worker told me the walls used to be decorated with tapestries. One has to use imagination to think of its once glory. The outside looks like an old WW 2 bunker. Very good... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

very interesting to walk through old castle .Nice grounds .If you go in summer you can sometimes see a wedding going on here

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Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Although it was mostly bare walls, it was worth the $2/person to take the tour. The history of it was pretty cool. It's really starting to deteriorate though and probably won't last another 10 years unless it's renovated. It was also disappointing that you can't go on the roof or in the basement.

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

The Huntington's built their winter home by the Atlantic Ocean in the early 1930s. It has been vacant for years but now you can tour it. Admission is $2 (in addition to the state park entrance fee) and you get just a map of the house. There are information panels in some sections, but to better understand the house and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

So glad we paid the extra few dollars for the audio tour. Wandering through each room you are given lots of interesting information about what life was like back then, how each room was used and info about Anna & Archer themselves. You even hear commentaries by Anna Huntington. Very informative. The audio equipment cost an extra $4.00 over the... More 

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Jellico, TN
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I have been to Huntington Beach State Park many times. It is one of my husband's favorite places for photographing wildlife. On this visit, we decided to do the tour of Atalaya ( the Huntington's winter home). This is a structure devoid of furnishings and at first glance may almost appear to be in ruins; however it is anything but... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Very pleasant setting for wedding reception. Beautiful October afternoon/evening. Plenty of parking.

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