Castle Farms

5052 M-66 North

Charlevoix, MI 49720
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Castle Farms was built in 1918 as a model working dairy farm by the acting president of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Today, it offers guests the chance to stroll through a 100 years of history. Year round self-guided tours give visitors the opportunity to visit the buildings and gardens at their own pace, while summer guided tours offer a more in-depth tour full of stories and fascinating historical facts from a professional tour guide.

Families will find much to enjoy, including ponds for feeding fish and ducks, the Enchanted Forest full of gnomes, the Alphabet Garden with whimsical art, the towering Hedge Maze with overhead trains, and Norm the resident dragon. Castle Farms is home to Michigan's largest outdoor model railroad, a favorite for young and old alike. G, HO, and N-scale trains are represented in both whimsical and traditional displays. Open May-October, weather permitting, the railroad currently boasts over 70 trains and over 2500 feet of track.

Those looking for a leisurely day will enjoy the extensive museum quality collections featuring royal family memorabilia from around the world as well as the 1918 Museum. The museum is dedicated to the WWI era and showcases many items found in the Sears Roebuck catalog from that time. The acres of formal and informal gardens are a joy from late spring through fall and offer many photo opportunities.

Plan at least 2 hours for your visit, but many families spend the entire day on the grounds and bring a picnic lunch. An on-site Gift Shop will surprise you with unique items for the home, jewelry, scarves, kids castle-themed fun, books by local authors, and fairy garden accessories.

Completely restored to its original splendor Castle Farms hosts tours, weddings, and charity and corporate events.

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Model Railroad Original entrance

Norm the Dragon Castle at night


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Castle Farms is located on M-66, 2.5 miles from the intersection of US-31 in Charlevoix.

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Alyssia Land

2 months ago
This was the only venue I toured simply because I loved how this place looked!! We had our ceremony and reception in the King's Great Hall in December and it was perfect! All of our pictures from inside look stunning and I am so happy we went with them! On top of the place looking amazing, they were so accommodating and helpful! Our coordinator Angela was the best, and I could not be more thankful she was there to help with our day! I'm not sure it would've gone as smoothly or perfectly without her! You cannot go wrong with this venue!!

Marli Henderson

a month ago
We got married at Castle Farms on December 30, 2019. It was a magical winter wedding and Castle Farms made the perfect location for it! Angela was our venue coordinator and was very responsive and helpful, especially day-of. Everything went very smoothly and the staff clearly has a lot of experience. We live in Metro Detroit but planning from a distance was no problem, since the staff was accessible by phone and email. Prices were reasonable and even before Angela was assigned to be our coordinator (two months before the wedding), it was easy to get any questions I had answered. We also got a discount for booking during our tour, so I recommend seeing the Castle last if it is one of your top choices. Everything was so easy through Castle Farms and many of our guests said it was one of the best weddings they’d been to. Thank you for making our big day the best of our lives so far!

Nicole Kopytko

a month ago
Castle Farms is a truly unique location in Michigan. There is a great deal of history to Castle Farms. They used to host amazing concert events for some of the biggest names in music. These days they stick to weddings, tours, and special events. We highly recommend a guided tour of Castle Farms. There is nowhere else quite like it. One of our favorite events of the year is the Train Show. All sorts of model trains are on display zooming around the castle. It is terrific.

Dorothy VanTuyl

a month ago
Gorgeous! Beautifully restored. Cleverly re-purposed. Part museum, part for events. Can't wait to go back when flowers are blooming.

Carl Marchlewicz

6 months ago
Great place to visit again and again. We took the guided tour (I recommend it) and Gail, the tour leader was fantastic. Total time was about 90 minutes. It was so nice to see the beautiful restoration of Castle Farms by Ms. Linda Mueller. Her heart and soul is in the project. I would like to thank her in this review. Thank you for saving history.