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Methuen, Massachusetts: Two Castles

Two millionaires at the turn of the 20th century built castles next to each other. One is in ruins and is now a state park; the other's imposing battlement walls stand next to a downtown street.

209 Lawrence St., Methuen, MA
Searles Castle (the more photogenic of the two): MA-213 exit 2. Turn south onto MA-28. After you pass the town clock on the right, turn left onto Osgood/Lawrence St. Drive a quarter-mile. You'll see the castle on the left. To get to Tenney Castle: drive back one block on Lawrence St., turn right at the white church onto Park St., then make the first right though the narrow gateway (a former driveway). Drive to the parking lot next to the Tenney Castle ruins.
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Castle Walls

Two millionaires at the turn of the 20th century, Edward Searles and Charles Tenney, built castles next to each other. What they left are stone and granite walls and lots of history. The Searles Castle still has many parts intact, while the Tenney Castle only has photogenic runs (it burnt in 1977). The Searles Castle, visible from the street, is private (and for sale as of 5/8/23), while the Tenney Castle was redeveloped into a state park called Greycourt, and is open to the public.

[Steve Stewart, 05/11/2023]

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