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Dundas Castle

Roscoe, New York USA

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“the ghost of the American renaissance”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

The castle is located in what locals know and some maps identify as Craig-e-Clair (also Craigie Clair). The almost thousand acres of land surrounding the castle was amassed in the late 1880s by Bradford L. Gilbert, a noted New York City architect. Gilbert built an estate known as “Beaverkill Lodge” on the property. The hamlet of Craig-e-Clair was named after an Irish fishing village and translates as “Beautiful Mountainside.” Gilbert’s wife was a native of Ireland and chose the name because the Catskill scenery reminded her of home. The property was sold in 1903 to Morris Sternbach. Wurts-Dundas purchased the land and buildings from Sternbach in 1907.

Like many wealthy men of his time he wanted a mountain hideaway for his family and friends. In 1907, he purchased 964 acres of forestland with a view of the Beaverkill near Roscoe. The land had been a fishing retreat complete with a “Swiss” style country house. Not satisfied with the existing structure, Wurts-Dundas set out to build the finest mansion possible incorporating the wooden country house. The design of the castle is thought to have been inspired by late nineteenth century interpretations of medieval European castles constructed in Scotland.

Construction on the castle was begun in the early years of the First World War, and ceased in 1924, three years after Wurts-Dundas’ death in 1921. Never fully completed, the building represents an impressive example of the romanticized medievalism that emerged in American culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Although they visited during the construction period, neither Wurts-Dundas and his wife, Josephine – nor anyone else since – has lived in the castle.

Remember, exploring this place is trespassing!!

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Reviewed by
jessica.scotten

  • 5 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
July 26, 2013

This property is privately owned, and as of 7.26.13 no one is being granted permission for admission on to the property, per the caretaker. There is a plan to open the castle to the public, but no time in the near future.

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Reviewed by
bfabrizi

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September 8, 2014

i was here last summer... a friend and i got lost and we looked up the hill and theres this castle?!*&?!! we just walked up the hill and looked around for a bit and walked back down with no problem and i saw no signage saying it was illegal to be there... theres a gorgeous gate infront of it and a house close by... maybe they might know something

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Reviewed by
melissa.ortwein

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June 29, 2014

Can u visit this place or do they patrol?? Anyone??

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Reviewed by
JD585

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  • 0 Helpful
May 13, 2014

Has anyone visited recently and if so did you have any issues with exploring it? Also do the caretakers live there year round and where are they located on the property? Thanks!

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Reviewed by
james.mccollum.184

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September 25, 2013

That's right down the road from me!

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Reviewed by
bookwormwendy

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  • 3 Helpful
September 25, 2013

I want to go. :)

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Reviewed by
michelle.bryan22

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  • 1 Helpful
September 25, 2013

Has this castle been in any movies? Like The Haunting (with Catherine Zita-Jones)?

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Reviewed by
leahgood

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September 25, 2013

I'd love to buy this place if I had the money. I'd use it as my home so not sure I'd open it to the public.

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Reviewed by
sfchittock

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August 14, 2013

Pathetic and it should be Public !!!

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Reviewed by
lindsey

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June 21, 2013

The Dundas Castle is owned by the Prince Hall Masons.

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Reviewed by
alexandra.kruse.16

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June 15, 2013

I so want to see this!!

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Reviewed by
LittleMissS

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  • 0 Helpful
October 16, 2016

Have there been any updates on opening this property to the public? Does anyone have updated contact information? I would love to view this unique property in person...with permission. Thank you.

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Reviewed by
JillNewton

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August 21, 2016

Went here today and loved it beautiful building such a shame no one is doing anything with it

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Reviewed by
RobinLynnStanton

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May 23, 2016

I'm trying to put together some information on abandoned places in NY. I live in the area and worked in Roscoe for many years. I'd like to get permission to go up to the castle and take some pictures. I wouldn't go without permission, so I'm looking to speak with someone to see if there is a time that I can go. My e-mail address is rmas0723@gmail.com. I see the other posts telling me to contact Walter King.

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Reviewed by
tobythomason

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April 21, 2016

I hunted down the place in July 2013. We had a general idea of where it was, but had to drive around for a while to find it. You can see part of it as you drive if you look up the hill. There were signs warning against parking on the side of the road (though there was an obvious place to pull off) and against trespassing on the property. We decided to risk it, parked, and went up the hill. The place had been mowed, but the roof was in need of work and one of the doors had been broken. We explored the inside of the castle for a while, but we had forgotten the flashlights in the car and it was starting to get dark. One part of the building (maybe the basement) was flooded with water, nearly to the ceiling. It was still neat to see the place. Lots of stone and marble.

The house down by the gate was occupied, I assume by the caretaker. I read an account of someone getting permission to visit the castle simply by knocking on the door and asking the caretaker. Though, a comment below makes it seem like they might have changed their minds on giving people permission to visit. There is nothing for quite a ways in either direction of where we parked, so if a sheriff/police drove by, you would have no excuse to be parked there and, most likely, ticketed for trespassing. It's a cool place to see. Just be prepared for the possibility of a fine.

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Reviewed by
princehall

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  • 0 Helpful
January 28, 2016

remember exploring this place is tresspassing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! call walter king@(914)760-5862.

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Reviewed by
princehall

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January 28, 2016

this land is private property no one should enter the property at all. if you want to know anything about the castle or the land. contact walter king @ (914) 760-5862.

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Reviewed by
jackiehumphrey

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November 28, 2015

Went there today. Got stuck in the mud on the side of the road, but luckily a nice man came and helped us out. The castle is beautiful but there is no entry in, so we just walked around. You have to go up a hill and have no cell service out there, but we went up real quick and took some photos.

My boyfriend is a Freemason who came with me and we're going to try and get in contact with the Mason's who own it now and see if we can get an inside tour next time we're in the area.

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