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Ozark Medieval Fortress, Lead Hill
(3.3/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
Ozark Medieval Fortress is a project designed to construct an accurate replica of a 13th-century French castle in Lead Hill, Arkansas. Construction is carried out on the site using only materials and techniques appropriate to the 13th century. The ground was broken in 2009, with the expectation that completion will take about 20 years.The project was inspired by Gu├ędelon Castle in France, which is the first attempt to build a medieval castle using accurate construction methods, started by Michel Guyot. Two French citizens living in Arkansas offered to sell Guyot part of their land for the building of a similar fortification. Guyot accepted, and construction began in June 2009.In May 2010, Ozark Medieval Fortress opened to the public. Visitors had the opportunity to observe the ongoing construction and talk to the costumed workers. Additionally, starting in 2011 a collection of medieval siege weapons was to be on display. The site was open every day from 10AM to 6PM.In January 2012 the project closed indefinitely, requiring a buyer or an investor.
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TripAdvisor
  • Largely abandoned, September 2014. Three main varieties of structures remain: Improvised wood huts and shelters for staging of the construction work, conventional construction visitors' center, and, o...  more »
  • We were here a few years ago and planned to visit every five years to see the progress. What an amazing place! They actually made their own tools and materials just as they did years ago, and the chil...  more »
  • I hate it that I was not able to go to see the Ozark Medieval Fortress before it closed. I only hope that it will reopen when the recession is over. It was a magnificent display of building using orig...  more »
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  • I live 5 miles befour this on Hwy 14. This has been shut down for over a year now. I liked it and hated to see it go. Dave
  • This place is closed and has been for years.
  • Been there last year. Going again next weekend! Bring the kids. Learn some history while seeing history in the making! They say it will take 30 years to complete. (Good thing it is wheel chair accessible. I'll need it by then!) Great guides! Wonderful experience!!
  • This unforgettable place will blow you away! An authentic middle ages fortress being built just outside of Branson Mo. You won't regret the visit. $10 admission and don't pass up the chance for an excellent guided tour for just $1 more.