The King of His Castle (and other Fish Tales)

     For many years now, I have been motoring by an unusual site, far off in the distance, as I drive my way east, out of the city, towards Mississippi, usually to spend the weekend amongst the swells in Pass Christian on the shores of Bay St. Louis. 
     It is there, in the ‘Pass’, that men captain there own ships (or second homes), with the women preparing the food, as the children are bathed and put away for the night, so that the men can outwit each other at cards and talk of triumphs against the marauding invaders of commerce.
     But what is that place?
     I can’t go by it again without knowing.
     I must have a look!
     blinker on- merging- merging- find my way- off in the distance- coming up- slow down- ignition off
     A Castle!
     On the water!
     In the middle of nowhere?
     It’s becoming clear.
     Very CLEAR!
     A place where a clever Queen encouraged her King to visit!
     And tell his tales of dragon slaying and near misses, mountains climbed, and kingdoms saved…

and other fish tales
she’d heard before.

Just sitting by the side of the road.
All alone.

Totally abandoned.

I wonder what this little
door was for?

Little Fish?
Small ego’s?


  • Lovelyn - Great castle. I wonder about the history behind it.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It stands utterly abandoned- but padlocked. The windows are all boarded from the inside, so I couldn’t peek in. It looks to be fairly contemporary in construction (within the last 20 years), but THAT would be a great research project! I’m on it!ReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Oh yes, we need to get together and make it ours! A writer’s haven with a little door for the littlest fish. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • KDuBarry03 - Wow! I seriously wonder who built it! It looks like something built in the 1700’s or something. It looks too modern to be olderReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - No- it’s sheathed in concrete stucco with iron I-beams and electricity. It was even more interesting up close then from a distance. I’ve got to do a bit more research! Thanks for stopping by K!ReplyCancel

  • Ida Chiavaro - How fascinating, especially the abandoned bit. It reminds of stories from the 80’s about crazy houses being built. I have an old bunker i see on my way home that I still haven’t found a road too… can’t wait to hear more

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I bet if we were together, Ida, we could find that road. You should grab a girlfriend, or equally fierce canine, and go out and FIND that bunker! I wanna know more!ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - I have never been to either Louisiana or Mississippi (I’ve been to 46 other states, though) so I am fascinated by this. Not knowing the area at all, I still attempted to research. I saw something online called Castle Sherman but this is not it. Now my curiosity must be satisfied, too. There are a number of old quirky “castles” in this country – at least one in my native New York State.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - This isn’t really a castle. It’s more like someones ‘idea’ of a castle. It’s actually quite small though it looks imposing in the photo’s. You really should come down my way for a visit- so much to see and do- and now I have to research this Sherman Castle you mention. Thanks Bookworm!ReplyCancel

  • Carin Clark - Oh how cool! I can’t wait to read more about it after you explore & research. I’m sure there’s an interesting history there. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Ya know I was just going to let this be it- but now so many readers are asking questions I just might HAVE to do MORE research. EEeeegads!ReplyCancel

  • AMummys Life - How cool! Wish there were interesting architecture around here.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - There is SO MUCH interesting architecture here in New Orleans that if I showed a different building every day of the year I would only scratch the surface. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Francene Stanley - I love the castle. Someone must be maintaining the building otherwise it would have fallen into disrepair. Visiting from Blogger’s Corner.

    • Cheryl Nicholl - The only maintenance I saw was the grass seems to cut. Otherwise- not so much. It withstood Katerina! It’s wonderful to have a few new friends from Blogger’s Corner! I’m on my way to check out your link!!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • AmyG - Yes, now we need a follow-up story, Cheryl! Tell us the story behind this castle!! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I love the Castle the mostest. I am looking forward to what your sleuth research talents dig up about this mystery castle. Small door could be for castle trolls. Maybe it was supposed to be some kind of play castle for kids and ran out of money. Just throwing out a guess for fun. Have a nice weekend.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - There were two adult-size doors and this little one. Maybe for grandchildren at some time? You too- about the weekend Sue!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Looks like quite a spot, and now I’m curious about it!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It is and now I’m curious too. Maybe I should try knocking on the doublewide on stilts next door and asking?ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - This is excellent Cheryl! Have you tried the county (parish?) assessor’s website to see who is on record as the owner?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’d need the address first and there isn;t one visible. In the meantime, I’ll just wait for it to come on the market and park Ben there. HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Sue - I remember this post like it was yesterday and am so happy to find out more about it.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I sorta did a double-take when I saw this in the paper- online. Weird thing is, there is NO ONE living in it, though the report says there is. Maybe for security reasons? Anywho- it was great to learn more about it! You and I LOVE the back stories don’t we? HA!ReplyCancel

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