I couldn't help but post about this once I had the time. I'm certain by now you've all heard about it, but if you haven't it's very, very cool.
Image courtesy of Ozark Medieval Fortress LLC
In Lead Hill, Arkansas (USA) a bunch of people are building a medieval castle (a la 12th century France, I believe) -- and they're doing it using only medieval techniques. It's going to be fantastic. Over the next 20 years, they'll be building this thing, training new stonemasons and castle-builders and the like. I'm going to just call it by what it should be named: Medieval Disneyland. You go, you see them building a medieval fortress, you see the tradespeople living in the medieval village at the foot of the castle, and as a resident of North America, you get to see something you otherwise would (almost) never see: Medieval Things.
I mean sure, there's the Cloisters in New York, but after that you're talking Hammond Castle (which actually, now that I'm looking at it, is pretty cool) and Hearst Castle. Hearst castle is big and has.... deer. That's about all I remember about it. Herds of deer on the back lawn. I was very young when my family went to California. We drove through Gilroy, the garlic capital of wherever. The world, probably. But I digress.
It's called The Ozark Medieval Fortress, and it's definitely something I'll have to visit sometime. I just... don't know that I'll ever find myself in Arkansas. But! Never say never. I've got 20 years to see it under construction, and I'm sure plenty of time thereafter to see the inside when it's done.