Monday, August 27, 2012

Fact or Fiction/Our World

 Standing behind the "castle" walls

The remains of a legendary White Lady's Castle - a.k.a. the 3 Lakes Pavillion - sits atop a grassy knoll across the road from a sandy beach in Rochester, New York.  It's said that every year, a ghostly lady in white is sighted there. The facts are sketchy as to the apparition's identity, but some local residents - especially teens and young adults - have been known to search for the White Lady.

How do I know this? The fellow you see behind the wall told me.  He also told me the wall is what's left of a grand castle...

 As seen from the road

 but then he hastily added - sensing my disbelief - this wall was actually a lookout point built in 1911 for a picnic pavilion  that stood behind it.

 Behind the wall now

The pavilion is long gone.  It fell into disrepair during the Great Depression.

Closeup of wall

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40 comments:

Stewart M said...

Ah, ghosts and mystery! They both add a certain something to old (or oldish!) bricks and mortar!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Sandra said...

a beautiful wall it is and i can't help thinking how much work was involved with building it with all those rocks.

see you there! said...

"sensing my belief"... I'm going to choose to go with the castle and ghost theory.

Darla

Janet said...

That's a beautiful wall regardless of its purpose!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It certainly looks like a castle wall. And as for the ghost she can clearly be seen riding a bicycle in your second photo.

Judy said...

The wall is a beautiful addition to the landscape and the story was fun too!

Penelope Postcards said...

The older stone gets the more beautiful and mysterious it looks. I enjoyed this tale and how it crept over time like vines around this intriguing barrier. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

That stone wall is wonderful!Beautiful pictures and special place!
Léia

LONDONLULU said...

I love that amazing stone wall and the playful mingling of the castle/ghost story with the actuality...I'll just squint and pretend it's really a castle... :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm glad something was saved, that is a magnificent wall!

TexWisGirl said...

it's a very pretty rock wall.

RedPat said...

I thought that you had gone to Europe! Lovely.

Small City Scenes said...

What a fun story. It is kinda neat no matter what the wall was at one time.

Love the Lighthouse shown below. You should climb the stairs and ladder---more photo ops. MB

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots!

Ellie said...

Ah mystery and intrigue - you cannae beat it, lol.
I love that wall with all of those lovely old stones. :)

Carver said...

I like the stone wall and if it was in another country I might believe a castle had been behind it but alas we're shot on castles in north America. Interesting story of the apparition.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I do like the castle story...I imagine the wall took a lot of work to build for someone, wonder who built it. Looks very much like part of a castle.

Gary said...

Mystery makes it even more interesting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

I love the castle story, too, along with mystery and history!! What a fun visit and so much beauty! Terrific past and captures for the day, EG! Enjoy your day!!

Dianne said...

The white lady may have long since fled the scene but the wall remains and it's beautiful.

NatureFootstep said...

it looks a bit like what I saw in Scotland. :) Thanks for sharing.

Craver Vii said...

Impressive wall... with or without the legends.

eileeninmd said...

What a nice story, the wall is pretty and something does seem to be missing from behind. The woods behind the wall do make a pretty scene. Lovely photos.

Halcyon said...

The real question is... did you see any ghosties? Great wall with a great story! :)

Rohrerbot said...

Remnants of a past almost forgotten. Nice to see it still holds great interest:) Looks beautiful.

Barb said...

You need to be going out there in the dead of night to capture a photo of the ghost!

Joe Todd said...

Tine for a little 'haunting" LOL

Fun60 said...

That wall looks as though it certainly has a ghost all of its own.

Michelle said...

Nice captures. I like the story as well.

Randy said...

Nice post and wall.

Lesley said...

I love a good ghostly story - but somehow, castles and Rochester NY do not go together in my mind!

Buttons said...

Oh this wall is very cool. The photos are great too but a pic of the lady in white would have been awesome:) B

Luna Miranda said...

intriguing...we have a version of a White Lady here.:p

Danielle said...

I love mysteries such as this. I wish we could save all of our wonderful architecture rather than have it fall into disrepair from neglect...that is why I love to photograph many different things as time passes and some beauties no longer remain.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from Our World Tuesday, your words and photos tell a great story today.

Snowcatcher said...

I like the castle story and the haunting legend. The texture in the wall makes me think of the hands that may have built it before the moderns tools we have now that might make the task easier and/or faster.

Rose said...

If this stone wall is anything to go by, I sure would have loved to see the whole castle.

Spiderdama said...

It is very interesting to visit places like this. All the history. I would love to be there with my camera.

Hope you have a happy week:-)

Stephanie said...

really cool shots of this historical site, love the stone wall up close.

snowwhite said...

I love ghost stories. If you go there someday during Obon season (August 13 to 15), you may see the White lady. In Japan, in Obon season the spirits of the dead come back to stay with their families for three days.
keiko

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