Royal Orchard Castle
Curious

Woodridge, IL

#1 Nov 26, 2007
Is there a extended history on this place? If so where do I find it?
Curious

Elmhurst, IL

#2 Dec 7, 2007
WELL I GIVE UP. DOESN'T SEEM ANYONE IS INTERESTED!
tim

Dallas, GA

#3 Dec 19, 2007
look at scott's castle, this is the real name
Helen

Oxford, NC

#4 Jan 6, 2008
Shelby

Mansfield, MA

#5 Feb 27, 2008
just found a bunch of pictures of Scott's Castle, proper name Royal Orchard Estate on the Virginia film office site. Go to the library page, click on houses and then castles and down the page to Royal Orchard. Lots of other local places too.
tom satt

Richmond, VA

#6 Nov 26, 2008
Curious wrote:
Is there a extended history on this place? If so where do I find it?
The place was built by the Scott family of richmond VA around the turn of the century 1910 I think. They have quite a bit of money but no one seems to know where it came from. The Scotts originally came over from Ireland around 1850
chspkbay girl

United States

#7 Dec 16, 2008
If you go into the National Register of Historic Places and look up the Scott House in the city of Richmond it will give you some informaiton on Royal Orchard and the history of the Scott Family. To my knowledge Royal Orchard is not listed on the National Register. From what I have read it got its name because the Queen of England loved the apples that were grown there. I can only guess the connection there would be that the Scotts and Lady Astor (neighboring Mirador) were friends and some how the apples made it to England. This would also be the Scott family that build Scott stadium at UVA. At some point in time I found a website on castles of Virginia and there was a lot speculated on Royal Orchard. Wish I could remember the website but you might be able to pull something up by just castles of Virginia. You might also want to check out the UVA website. It is my understanding that at some point they housed students there and there may still be that connection.
Anonymous

Dacula, GA

#8 Apr 9, 2009
I've been to Scott Castle 4 or 5 times and it is one of the most beautiful places I've been in VA. The family is AMAZINGLY nice & the grounds are wonderfully kept. The Castle is full of things that are very important to the family. The house is not open to students of UVA although quite a few of the family members have gone there. The family splits the time up between the descendants. I hope this information helps...post more questions and I might be able to help!
A GIRL IN VA

United States

#9 Apr 6, 2010
I LIVED IN ONE OF THE HOUSES ON THE ESTATE.. AWESOME PLACE BUT NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE WINTER!!!
jimmy d

United States

#10 Jan 8, 2011
Curious wrote:
Is there a extended history on this place? If so where do I find it?
there is something strange about this place its guarded better than our borders by guards at all points and the history of this place ends in the late 70s i live near by but i still havnt a clue whats going on up there
Karen

United States

#11 Jul 8, 2013
Ever notice that if someone finds a link to information about the place it starts coming up information not found. Wonder what does Ho on up there?
Tony

Jasper, IN

#12 Sep 24, 2013
For years I have done research on Swannoa a Mansion also on top of Afton Mountain. In doing the research I found that Major James Dooley who built Swannoa for his wife was a business associate with one Frederic Scott while living in Richmond. Since the two mansions are located less that 2-3 miles apart at most atop the same mountain. I'm sure Scott would have visited visited Swannoa for one of the lavish parties that were held there during it's heyday. If you read the web page for Maymont (Dooley's regular home)in richmond you will see it gives credit for donations to one Mrs. Bocock who is Frederic Scott's daughter. I too was turned away by a guard back in the late 70's when trying to figure what was flying that flag you could see every fall on top of the mountain.
Angela

Bowie, MD

#13 Jun 15, 2014
I have been trying to find out information on this castle for awhile, and to no avail. My grandfather and great grandfather, worked on the road F182, that leads from Rt 250 to the estate. They are both deceased and I would love to be able to at least lay eyes on the castle. I have no idea who to contact or even who to attempt to try to reach.....If anybody has any suggestions I would appreciate it very much....Thanks
hollie

Powhatan, VA

#14 Jun 28, 2014
Tony wrote:
For years I have done research on Swannoa a Mansion also on top of Afton Mountain. In doing the research I found that Major James Dooley who built Swannoa for his wife was a business associate with one Frederic Scott while living in Richmond. Since the two mansions are located less that 2-3 miles apart at most atop the same mountain. I'm sure Scott would have visited visited Swannoa for one of the lavish parties that were held there during it's heyday. If you read the web page for Maymont (Dooley's regular home)in richmond you will see it gives credit for donations to one Mrs. Bocock who is Frederic Scott's daughter. I too was turned away by a guard back in the late 70's when trying to figure what was flying that flag you could see every fall on top of the mountain.
http://www.virginialiving.com/virginiana/hist...
Millie counts

Travelers Rest, SC

#15 Feb 17, 2015
I have spent many times there - it belongs to my youngest daughters aunt and her husband - I would spend every October in that house and I loved it ! All these stories are based on part truth and part folk lore

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