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Eureka Springs, Arkansas: Quigley's Castle

More a weird dwelling than a traditional castle, with live trees growing up through the floors; its original owner, Mrs. Quigley, liked to glue rocks over everything. Touted as "The Ozark's Strangest Dwelling."

274 Quigley Castle Rd, Eureka Springs, AR
Highway 23, four miles south of Eureka Springs on Quigley Castle Road.
Apr 1-Oct 31, 8:30-5 except Su, Th. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$6.50 per adult.
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Butterfly art.

Quigley's Castle

Pictures simply don't do this place justice. Mrs. Quigley and her teenage children tore their house down one day so that her husband was forced to begin construction on this, her dream home. Some of the plants inside it are around 75 years old. She collected rocks as a young child, and used many of them in her garden projects, which started even before the house became a reality. These included bird baths, benches, and a picnic area for her children. She collected shells and butterflies as well. Mrs. Quigley's great grandchildren keep up the grounds and run the tours.

[Janelle, 06/15/2021]

Bottle tree and stone walls.

Quigley's Castle

The home and grounds are a labor of love. The gardens were in bloom, the wonderful, sweet smells of the flowers was awesome. Elise Quigley's granddaughter greets you at the gate, gives a brief background, and then you can wander to your heart's content.

[M Lange, 05/22/2021]
Quigley's Castle

Don't bring your dogs. I arrived in my RV. When I took my dogs out to tie them to a shady spot under a tree, I was told I couldn't do that because the owner's dog runs loose and doesn't like other dogs. I wasn't going to leave them in a hot camper. So I left.

[Angela Haggerty, 07/07/2017]

Quigley's Castle.

Quigley's Castle

Beautiful gardens inside and outside of the house. The Grand Daughter of Elsie Quigley currently resides in the house and gives visitors the history of the house and family on your tour. The price has gone up to $6.50, but it's still worth every penny! It's only 4 miles south of town.

[Krissy, 08/07/2009]

This is still the least castle-like of the castles on, but continues to operate as a popular Eureka Springs tourist attraction. And it isn't just the appeal of those "beautiful gardens," is it? Must be the arrowhead and butterfly collections.

Quigley's Castle

Quigley's Castle was a home of Elise Quigley, and made basically by scratch out of rocks and minerals, shells, things collected since childhood. She started the house when her husband didn't make good on his promise to build her a house due to war rationing. So when he went to work one day, she demolished their old house so her husband would HAVE to build the house.

Indoors, there are live trees growing up through to the second story from spaces cut into the floor. It also houses her extensive butterfly and arrowhead collection.

There's also a neat garden surrounding the house with bottle trees and other "sculptures" and has the old outhouse in the front as well.

[A. McDonald, 07/25/2007]

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