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Alpharetta, Georgia: Cagle Castle

Private residence with turrets, a moat, and three drawbridges. Built in the 1970s by retired truck driver Rudy McLaughlin, who had promised his wife Ruth a castle.

12570 Arnold Mill Rd, Alpharetta, GA
West of town, on the southwest corner of Cagle Rd and Arnold Mill Rd/Hwy 140. Private property; visible from street.
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Cagle Castle.

Cagle Castle

A fairly impressive castle built in about the last place you'd expect to come across one; it's a private residence, so please stay on the sidewalk when taking photos. Replete with turrets, a moat and 3 drawbridges, it is surrounded by a spike-topped iron fence. At both entry gates, over-sized garden-style gnomes are perched atop the taller stone columns.

The moat is a continuation of the back yard swimming pool, making it possible to swim laps around the house. The front entrance has a small drawbridge, and in back are two garages with the drawbridges serving as the garage doors.

For ease of picture-taking, the side street to the north of the property, Cagle Road, has a gravel turn off so you can park for a few minutes without blocking traffic or using anyone's private driveway.

[D.L. Jones, 10/28/2011]

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Computer Museum of AmericaComputer Museum of America, Roswell, GA - 4 mi.
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