Coral Castle Museum, Homestead
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A quirky museum and a quite interesting story on how this "castle " was put together, but not sure it needed to cost $15. Maybe I'm spoiled by the real history in Great Britain, but I got abit bored r... read more »
I am not certain what I was expecting, but I had a good time here and seeing the works that a man created by hand. It has an interesting story and lots of neat photo ops can be had inside the castle. ... read more »
This is a small museum, very well maintained and cared, that shows the achievements of a obsessive person, and recreate one of the biggest mysteries of United States. This is great for teenagers, beca... read more »
Very cool place. It's not a castle which I didn't realize until I arrived. But it's way more interesting. The story of its creator and the mystery of how he built the structure with no help from other people is fascinating and spooky. Put your science hat on before coming and enjoy a fun, atypical day in South Miami. PS, the main theory of how he built this with magnets. I researched this more after leaving coral castle and learned that the bullet trains run via magnetic propulsion... very cool connection and made me appreciate the builder/creator even more.
We flew into Miami to drive down to the Keys. Because this attraction is only a mile or two off the highway, it was convenient to stop by. I was with my parents and my teenage daughter and we were all interested in this place. We loved the history, the story and how beautiful it was. It didn't hurt that it was a beautiful spring day--I may not have been so excited if it was 100 degrees in the summer. If you are nearby and love history and unique things, it is definitely interesting to see. Don't go expecting a Disney experience, however you will be in awe of what this man created and the mystery of how he did it with only simple tools.
It's a nice road-side attraction with interesting history. There are tour guides available, and they're nice as well. The ticket is pricey, even with half-off discount for students, so if you're very interested in seeing this place, you should be ready to pay a little to view the inside. However, huge pluses for tons of fans and super cold gift shop. Totally welcome on a hot day in Miami!
Built during the 1920s and 1930s, Coral Castle, a monumental stone structure and sculpture garden, was built by a lonely immigrant from Latvia named Ed Leedskalnin. Its construction became a daunting force for creativity ‑ the embodiment of his broken heart carved in stone. In 1913, twenty-six year old Ed was jilted by his 16-year old fiancé, Agnes Scuffs, his “sweet sixteen”. On the day before the wedding, she said he was too old for her. Devastated and ashamed, Ed quickly left Latvia and headed to America where he worked in Canada, California, and Texas as a laborer in lumber camps and on cattle drives. Along the way Ed contracted Tuberculosis. To get relief for his ailing lungs, Ed made his way to Florida in 1920. He had been told the climate would give him a fighting chance to recover from what was at that time a nearly always fatal disease. Ed was on the verge of dying when Ruben Moser, a wealthy landowner and property developer in Florida City, found Ed lying in a heap on the side of the road. Moser picked him up, put him in the back of his car and took him home. Over the next few weeks, Moser’s wife, Frances, and daughter, Lois, helped to nurse Ed back to health in a nearly miraculous recovery. Moser sold Ed a one acre piece of land in Florida City, where Ed began to construct his first “Rock Gate” as he called it. Using hand-crafted primitive tools made from scrap auto parts, Leedskalnin, who was five feet tall (the size of a ten year old boy), never weighed more than around 100 pounds, and always worked alone in secrecy during the dark hours of the night. In 1925, Ed determined he needed a location with more privacy and space. He found a site in Homestead 10 miles up the road on US1. Ed deconstructed his sculpture garden and moved his massive stone structures on truck trailers he designed himself, which were then hauled by a neighbor’s tractor to Homestead. That is the only time Ed ever accepted help from anyone. Alone in the dark, Ed loaded and unloaded the massive fragile sculptures, making sure no one was watching. Now situated on a 10-acre site, Ed continued sculpting new creations. He built massive stone walls and a large tower to surround his sculptures and insure his privacy. Overall, he cut, carved, and moved over 1,100 tons of stones, some weighing more than 25 tons each, made from fragile fossilized coral reefs, without the use of electricity or mechanized construction equipment. He would often tell people he had figured out the secrets to building the great pyramids of Egypt and that he understood the laws of weight and leverage. Ed died alone in a hospital in 1951. Some people say he had acquired alien technology, others that he used magnets to levitate the stones, or that he was a brilliant engineer and stonemason. To this day no one knows how he moved the massive stones. My daughter Tara and I visited Coral Castle on May 16, 2014. Our expert museum guide, Patricia Paredes, (featured in the videos) was as enthusiastic about showing us around as we were to see the place. We are very grateful for all the time she gave us and in helping us to understand the magic and mysteries surrounding Ed Leedskalnin and his magnificent creations.
Something everyone should see when visiting southern fla .I lived 50 miles away and never heard of the place. Then on my way to the Keys one day I noticed a sign for it. What an amazing place. When you see the size of the stones you will be shocked that one man built this beautiful place. A must see on your next trip to south fla. It will amaze you...
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