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Atalaya Castle

Address: Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island, SC
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Such a unique place. For adults a slice of history, for kids, endless roaming! I am used to historical homes being restored such as the Edison Ford Estate in Flirida or the mansions in Newport RI. Anticipated that type of feel, but instead this is a gutted out brick structure with no furnishings, placards in each room told you where... More 

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Take the free docent's tour or take the audio tour--I've done both and they are excellent. I learned so much about these two interesting people and Atalaya, their winter home away from society snobs on the east coast! They also founded the AMAZING Brookgreen Garden, which is a MUST SEE. Archer was a philanthropist, traveler, and scholar, while Anna was... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Ocean front on a beautiful state park, Atalaya is the former winter home of Anna Hyatt and Archer Huntington and is a serene look at the lifestyle of the couple during the Depression. A walk through tour on your own, or an audio tour that includes Anna's voice from an interview, it's well worth your time. A beautiful wedding venue... More 

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Charlotte
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Interesting excursion that won't break the bank. $5 to get in the park and $2 to get in the "castle".

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Pa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

After you pay an entrance fee of $5 per person, to enter the park you are charged an additional $2 to go through Atalaya Castle. I use the term Castle loosely as it’s really just an old brick home in need of repair. The story behind the home is very interesting and the home itself is fun to tour, but... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We weren't going to pay the $2 to go in, but we were glad that we did. It's worth it! There are so many rooms and you can walk through fairly quickly and get a feel for the place. It was interesting to learn about the Huntingtons and their life there. Also to see the areas where they kept bears... More 

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Rincon, Georgia
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We visited & toured the Atalaya castle, and it was interesting but if you did not have the recorder explaining the different rooms it would of been hard to figure what things were. It is very hard to imagine people living there all them years ago. I find it sad to see historic places like this going to ruins without... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Atalaya is a wonderful piece of history at Huntington Beach. It is fun to walk down the outside walkways, into the castle and to see Anna Hyatt Huntington's massive studio.

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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
32 helpful votes 32 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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