Medieval castles hold a special kind of charm, from evoking memories of favorite childhood fairytales, to dreams of epic dragon fights, and even unresolved feelings of the Game of Thrones finale. Now matter what you think about when you see them, they’re pretty darn magical, but don’t have to travel all the way across the world to see one in person! In Alabama, a stunning hand-crafted castle known as Mosher Castle awaits, and you can visit for free!
Walking through Mosher Castle is like stepping into a real-life fairytale. Though the castles are a private residence, you can book tours of them and even book it on Airbnb to stay in for just $95 a night!
The entire property actually consists of two castles, The Sheldon Castle and The Mosher Castle. Both structures feature cobblestone walls, whimsical turrets, and made almost completely from repurposed materials. Can you spot the dragon on the roof?
They sometimes even host community events during the holidays, and it’s the perfect spot to meet Santa and his elves.
While large tours and professional photoshoots can be booked for a fee, anyone can come see, explore, and take amateur photos of the exterior of the castle any time during daylight hours!
The castle’s origins date back to the close of World War II, when Craig Sheldon began to build an addition to the family home in Fairhope, Alabama.
The magic of Sheldon Castle took wing with recycled materials, transforming into a piece of art and fantasy.
On Sunday morning, May 16, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt led a service outside of the church at 10:30 a.m. The Church of God at Aylmer posted on Facebook the building "may be locked, but our God deserves all honour, glory, and praise."
A live stream was posted to YouTube and its Facebook page, which CBC News reports had 200 to 250 churchgoers present at the service without masks. In a court ruling on Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas instructed that the church remain closed until the provincial government permits public indoor gatherings at a 30% occupancy rate.
Pastor Hildebrandt apparently commented on the locked doors during his sermon, saying that churchgoers are at the service today "because we have the authority of God on our side."
David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada to push for the ability for residents to travel to Detroit, MI, to receive a vaccine dose, or to have excess vaccinations be sent up to Windsor.
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In an email sent to Narcity, Musyj confirmed anyone who travels to the U.S. for a vaccine may not have to quarantine for 14 days when they return as it is considered an "essential medical service or treatment."
PHAC wrote to Musyj saying travellers must provide certain documentation to border control when crossing.
Written evidence from a licensed Canadian healthcare practitioner that states medical services or treatments outside of the country are essential is required. A traveller also needs written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the U.S. to verify these services are able to be provided.
Anyone travelling to the U.S. for a vaccine must also ride in a private vehicle, have a vaccination appointment, and cannot stop for any other reason.
According to CTV News, Mayor Drew Dilkens proposed a motion at the city's council meeting Monday, May 17, asking the federal and provincial governments to work with public health officials in Detroit. He wants them to allow Windsor-Essex residents to "take advantage of numerous offers from U.S. officials to make surplus vaccines available to Canadians without a requirement to quarantine."
Mayor Dilkens is hoping Windsorites can have a "fully vaccinated" summer, instead of the one-dose summer that has been promised by the federal government.