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The Atalaya Castle & Brookgreen Gardens

The Atalaya Castle, more-so known simply as Atalaya, is located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. This national landmark has quite the history, rooted in art and philanthropy, and spanning across the 1900s.

Atalaya Castle was built as a winter home by the Huntington’s, Archer and Anna, between 1931 and 1933. The couple was from New York but relocated due to Anna’s progressing tuberculosis. The architecture was inspired by Spanish designs, which is also a reference to the name ‘Atalaya’ meaning ‘watchtower’ in Spanish! Anna, as an artist herself, took a lot of liberties in the design of the home and even custom made the wrought iron grills that protect the exterior from hurricanes.

This thirty-room castle is built around a central courtyard that boasts native plants, including Sabal Palmettos—South Carolina’s state tree! When the house was built, Archer made sure to invest in the local community at the time in order to boost the economy during the Great Depress…

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