A local piece of history came to life this past weekend at the Redstone Castle Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Redstone Historical Society, on Sunday afternoon.
The restored rooms of the first floor of the castle were open to explore, filled with the finest furniture of the era, ornate decorations, and even period books and newspapers. Some locals dressed in their best 1900s attire, not just looking at home in the turn-of-the-century castle, but also for the ladies’ hat contest and a gentleman’s bow tie contest. In keeping with the era there were old-fashioned lawn games, like badminton and croquet. And to top it off were scoops of ice cream with toppings for a perfect sundae.
The Redstone Castle was built by coal magnate J. C. Osgood in 1902. At the time, Osgood was one of the wealthiest people in the United States (purportedly ranking 6th).
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the castle provides a unique glimpse into the personal styles and social culture of America’s elite at the turn of the 20th Century.