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Hundred Oaks Castle in Winchester is a familiar name and place to many area residents, and it still stands, nationally known for its architectural design. It is one of the few surviving structures of its kind. Nationwide, only 13 such buildings have the necessary attributes to be deemed a “castle.” Although the building was severely damaged by a large-scale fire in 1990, extensive restoration efforts have been in progress in recent years. Restoration has been so successful that portions of the interior are brightly decorated for Christmas and are open for public tours. According to historical records, construction on Hundred Oaks Castle began in 1830, though though that was not the structure’s name at the time. Originally, it was built as a as a plantation farm house by—

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