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Address: Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island, SC
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Must see attraction for only $2

The castle is located on the Huntington Beach State Park. For only $2 per person, this is place you must visit if you're a history buff. Just very interesting to know the history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Raleigh
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The castle is located on the Huntington Beach State Park. For only $2 per person, this is place you must visit if you're a history buff. Just very interesting to know the history of the Huntington family. Although the castle had no furniture, it's just the thought that this place hosted many events & had actual occupants live in it.... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Atalaya is located in Huntington Beach State Park. To visit, you'll need to pay the park entrance fee, which is a modest $5.00 for adults, and an additional $2.00 to tour the home. The Atalaya was the winter home for the Huntingtons, a prominent 20th Century family. It has some very interesting architecture with Spanish influence, which you can learn... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the shell of the beach front house of the Huntington's. I would suggest you go early because the temperatures can get jot inside the walls. The end of Sept. there is a nice art show. You can e joy the castle and Huntington State Park. We go to the park at least a week. The castle is very... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Atalaya Castle was built by the Huntingtons during the Depression era. It always amazes me how anyone could live in that much auterity. It's built of concrete and Archer Huntington had no plans that he shared - apparantly the design ws only in his head. Each day he gave the workers what he wanted them to do. I would love... More 

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Elgin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Atalya Castle is an excellent addition to Huntington Beach State Park. The volunteer at the entrance was very nice and helpful. A map is provided with small notes and a brief history of the castle and Huntington family. The castle is rich in history with placards in nearly every room explaining what it was. The scenery around the castle is... More 

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Marion, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I have been here many times over the years. It is different at different times of the year, but it always gives you a tremendous feel for the era and the Huntingtons. One thing that is a must is renting the audio tour. It is inexpensive, but it is one of the absolute best recordings about a museum that I... More 

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Very cool place to visit, rich history and beautiful grounds. Spend the day there and hang out on the beautiful beach too!

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Murrells Inlet
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Beautiful place. Go during the local arts festival if you can. Also check out brookgreen gardens. Breathtaking scenery throughout all of Huntington but Atalaya is really unique and all of the guides and park staff are very informative.

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Hannacroix, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We had toured the Brookgreen Gardens, but did not know the relationship it shared with the Huntington State Park. We saw a brochure for Atalaya and decided to check it out. Glad we did. Very unusual design - after Spanish influence. Two very wealthy people who met and married. Anna Hyatt, a well known sculptress and Archer Milton Huntington, Patron... More 

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Mamaroneck, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

So what did the children of the railroad, shipping, etc. do? Came to South Carolina for hunting or health. The Huntingtons were interesting and generous. They bought 4 plantations and donated the, for an amazing representation sculpture garden. Please visit both their home Atalaya and Brookgreen Gardens Docents are knowledgeable and enthusiastic..

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