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Address: Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island, SC
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Huntingtons - Atalaya Castle

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Hannacroix, New York, United States
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Hannacroix, New York, United States
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139 reviews 139 reviews
31 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Unexpected beauty right there on the beach! Whoever expected to see a castle in South Carolina?! Much less on the beach!?! To be fair, it's not the sort of castle you're probably imagining. It's more of a large brick fortress with beautiful landscaping in the center courtyard. It's an interesting place to check out and the cost is only $2... More 

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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58 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Can do a self-guided tour. Very well marked rooms. Beautiful grounds. Ice little room with historic photographs. American castles are rare.

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Beaufort, SC
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314 reviews 314 reviews
73 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I have been to Atalaya three times and still enjoy it. It is such a hidden gem and I am sorry that more people don't discover it. The Huntingtons were obviously very interesting people. How incredible it would have been to have been invited to visit them there!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

Kids and I stopped here. Interesting architecture and fun to see where lots of the sculptures in Brookhaven were created. But there was not a lot to see.

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Pawleys
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

When visiting the Pawleys Island area,you'll find a plethora of historical sites such as Huntington State Park, Brookgreen Gardens, Hobcaw Barony, the Yawley Wildlife Preserve. Each one tells a story of slavery and provides actual artifacts from that era. If you can, please seek out at least two of the sites for an educational and informative day. Each place has... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington shared the same birthday and were married on that day - March 10. The Friends of Huntington State Park had a special event to celebrate. A presentation by the curator of Brookgreen Gardens on the Huntingtons and their contributions and a lovely tea followed. The "castle" is really something to experience.

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It's actually on the grounds of Huntington Beach State Park. So much history. Located just off the beach, so it was great to just take it all in for a couple hours.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Atalaya is located within Huntington Beach State Park, a lovely place to spend the day. We visited during as crafts show, & found it very interesting. The construction was something to see, & the location just a short walk to the beach area is very nice. There is a nature center, 2 beach areas, a campground, & a causeway which... More 

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