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A view of Thornewood Castle in Washington


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Thornewood Castle

Thornewood Castle in Washington

When we think about Washington State history, pioneers usually come to mind. But industrialist Chester Thorne had his sights set on a different frontier in the early 1900s when he had a 400-year-old Elizabethan manor dismantled in England and shipped to the Pacific Northwest. The structure served as the base for the 27,000-square-foot Thornwood Castle, which sits on the shores of American Lake south of Seattle, surrounded by gardens designed by the Olmsted brothers of New York City's Central Park fame. Musts when visiting: watching the snow fall through stained glass panels dating back to the 1500s and viewing the original wish bone sticks (to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune) hung around the perimeter of the basement by the Native American workmen who helped construct the castle.

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