Castle Farms
4.6

Address
5052 M-66 North

Charlevoix, MI 49720
Main
231-237-0884
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231-237-0994
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Historic, Museum
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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.

Hours and admission may be found at http://castlefarms.com/hours-of-operation/

Model Railroad Original entrance

Norm the Dragon Castle at night

 

Hours
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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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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Google Reviews

4.6

2bschlie

a week ago
What a great place! had a wonderful time exploring and great lunch and wine on property. well manicured lawns/ gardens/ and grounds. We spent about 4 hours there and probably needed another hour to see everything in detail. Every corner we turned we found more surprises. Castle farms was a unique combination of nature, history, and wine :)

Josh Dill

2 weeks ago
The courtyard was gorgeous, which is where the wedding ceremony was held, and outside, the grass looked too nice to park on. Moving indoors greeted by high vaulted wood beamed ceilings lit with loads of sparkly lights was really inviting. Add the light up dance floor, and it was great.

Archana Rao

a month ago
Beautiful castle 🏰 with a lot of French influence and history. A 15 tram ride will allow you to learn a lot about the farm. You can spend the whole day exploring the train sets and other pieces of exhibition. Make sure to take your camera to capture all that is so lovely about this castle!

Paul Stroud

a week ago
We weren't looking for a wedding venue so we didn't find it that interesting. I felt like they were trying to make it more "historical" than it really is. Some entertaining/interesting stuff but mostly just for fun. As usual in the world of Covid stuff was closed off. Cool model train layout!

Echo Klein (ThatDamnSpy)

a month ago
Had a great time walking around late summer. The plants still looked wonderful and the inside was very nice. Cool memorabilia, and nice gift shop.