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Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs, AR


Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas


Quigley's Castle is a located in Eureka Springs, AR and is coined the "Ozarks strangest dwelling."  It's a bit of a touristy roadside attraction, but one that is definitely worth stopping for!
Quigley's castle is named after the Quigley family and more specifically Elise Quigley who designed this home as her dream home that her husband built for her. The house incorporates nature throughout it's whole design. You'll find 65 year old plants growing from floor to ceiling inside the house, a glass encased nature wall filled with moths and butterflies, many of which were raised by Mrs. Quigley herself, you'll see tables made of shells and crystal, beautiful gardens, nature collections of fossils, shells, arrowheads, bugs, etc. It's really a must see! 

Lemme quickly tell you the story behind this amazing home. 
Elise Quigley was a naturalist. She loved being outdoors and collecting rocks, shells, arrowheads, crystals, fossils, etc. However, they lived in a lumber shack which Mrs. Quigley was not happy about. Mr. Quigley had promised for years that he would build his wife her dream and one day she decided to take matters into her own hands. While Mr. Quigley was away at work, she ordered her children to help her tear down their entire home! When Mr. Quigley returned home from work, they were living in the chicken house on their property. Well, needless to say, that motivated him to get started building her dream house pretty quickly after that!  To read more about this story, visit the official website HERE.




Quick Info
-Address: 274 Quigley Castle Rd Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Hours of Operation:
April 1 thru October 31: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Closed Sundays and Thursdays
March & November: Call for Times
Phone Number: (479) 253-8311
Admission - $7.00 per adult. (Cash)
Children 14 & under with parent free
Official Website:  Quigley's Castle







You'll be met at the gate by one of the Quigley's grandchildren who care for the house, 
and even still live there during admission season.  





Front Yard




Elise Quigley handpicked every single rock, shell, and crystal covering the entire house! 
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



The garden area is awesome! You'll find planters and baskets made of rocks, shells, fossils, marbles, and different kinds of crystals as well.
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas






Inside the House

Living Rooms

A gap of 4 feet was left between the windows and living space to fill with dirt and naturally grow tropical plants. These are the original plants, which are 65 years old and reach to the ceiling of the 2nd floor. 
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Mrs. Quigley's indoor "pond."










The Kitchen

You'll see some updated appliances here. 
This is because one of her grandchildren still live in this home! 
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas







Upstairs


This is one of the upstairs bedrooms.  The plants are growing up from the downstairs. 
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas




Elise Quigley's last masterpiece in the home...her glass encased nature wall. 
It's filled with butterflies, moths, pictures, rocks, shells, etc. 
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas





Backyard

Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas




Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas




If you need to use the restroom, you'll have to use the outhouse. Seriously...it's an outhouse that is obviously ONLY used by visitors and you'll have to scrape cobwebs out from the inside. My son was NOT excited about his first outhouse experience lol, and I was just SO glad I didn't have to go to the bathroom bad enough to warrant sitting on that thing. 
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Both kids loved looking at all the pretty shells, marbles, and crystals that the walls were made of. 
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



glass bottle trees
Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas



Quigley's Castle in Eureka Springs Arkansas




Again, this is such a neat little place with such an interesting story that I encourage anyone in the area to checkout! Visit the official website of Quigley's Castle, HERE!







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