It’s not every day that you get to visit an authentic castle. Thornewood Castle in Lakewood isn’t just rare, it’s one-of-a-kind: In 1907, Mr. Thorne purchased a 400-year-old Elizabethan manor in England and had it dismantled and shipped, brick by brick, from England to be reconstructed on the shores of American Lake.
History is fascinating, and one visit to the Thornewood Castle and you’ll want to know how this piece of England came to land just south of Tacoma. The following information comes from Thornewood’s website, www.thornewood.com.
Chester Thorne (1863-1927) collected materials from across the British Isles to build his home, transported by three ships down the Atlantic around Cape Horn (the southernmost point of South America) and back up the Pacific to Washington State.
- over 27,000 square feet of living space…
- boasts 54 rooms…
- including 22 bedrooms…
- and 22 baths?
Aw, how’d you know?
In addition to the immense size and scale of the Thornewood Castle, it houses a priceless collection of rare artwork. Hand-painted glass surrounded by panes of crystal mounted in windows make sunlight dance in vivid colors throughout the estate. Created in the 15th to 17th centuries, they were previously owned by an English duke who spent 40 years collecting the chards and panels of lost art.
The staircase as well as the doors were hand-hewn from 500-year-old ancient English oak and are held together by wood dowels. Beautifully sculpted fountains, located in the circular drive and sunken gardens, are the focal points of our statuary collection, which includes many pieces, including the “Kingsale Hounds,” the only pair of these statues in the United States.
Remember, this is also a Bed and Breakfast. The suites are luxuriously appointed and elegantly decorated, filled with antiques and historical pieces. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind event venue at www.thornewoodcastle.com.
I was hired to perform magic for a double birthday: Rob turning 50 and Dr. Roy celebrating his 80th birthday. Rob’s wife, Paige, lives in California and did a marvelous job planning the whole event from out of town. My job was entertaining guests as they were socializing, enjoying food and drink, and exploring the marvelous mansion and the grounds. (A tough job, but someone has to do it!)
My audiences ranged from kids about 8 years old to guests in their 80s. And, I had a blast with them all! One of the great things about magic done well is that it truly spans all ages. Although I can’t experience that wonder myself, I love seeing the reactions on people’s faces as they feel that moment of astonishment.
To learn more about adding interactive entertainment to make your birthday celebration or wedding reception fun and unforgettable, call me, Jeff Evans, in Olympia at (360) 412-5064 or toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.