Castle Gwynn in Tennessee
About Castell Gwynn -- Site of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Castell Gwynn (also known as Castle Gwynn) is a castle in rural Triume-Arrington, Tennessee. The name means "White Castle." The beautiful structure is the fulfillment of owner/builder Mike Freeman's life-long dream which began in 1970. That year Freeman took a high-school architecture class where he drew the first sketches of the castle he wanted to build one day.
To accomplish his dream, Mike Freeman launched a professional photography career while he started his search for the right location for his castle. He found the ideal spot just south of Nashville, near the small town of Triune. A landowner named John Covington made it possible for Mike Freeman to purchase a portion of his land, and when Freemen established the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, the grounds for the festival would be called Covington Glen, in honor of Covington.
The first five-story tower of Castle Gwynn was begun in 1980. The first floor of that tower contains the kitchen where Mike Freeman worked for two years alongside a master mason molding 14,000 bricks into 60 arches. Tile maker David Wright topped the kitchen off with his reproduction of the Castle Gwynn coat-of-arms.
The second tower was started in 1985. The second tower is home to the Great Hall which features a huge, hooded fireplace which is 14' tall x 6' wide x 3' deep. The mantel is 7' thick and 6' long and finished with the Castle Gwynn coat-of-arms. The second tower was completed in 2007.
Today the castle serves as a home, a background for photos and videos and as the site of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival.
If you attend the Tenn. Ren Fest in May, make sure you plan some time to take the tour of Castle Gwynn. There you can meet Mike Freeman and listen to him tell the story of the castle he calls home.
Trivia: If you have seen Taylor Swift's music video, "Love Story" from her "Fearless" album, you have seen Castle Gwynn as the castle is featured prominently throughout the video!
Castell Gwynn in Taylor Swift's "Love Story"
Taylor Swift "Love Story" Video with Castle Gwynn
Popular singer Taylor Swift shot several scenes including most of the outdoor and balcony shots for the video from her hit single "Love Story (Romeo and Juliette)" from her "Fearless" album at beautiful Castle Gwynn. In fact, the castle is featured so prominently, the "Love Story" video is a great way to see some of Castle Gwynn.
Castell Gwynn, May 2005
2005 was my first year to visit the Tennessee Renaissance Festival and to tour Castle Gwynn. Even unfinished, Castle Gwynn was am impressive sight.
You can see the unfinished tower on the left as well as the unfinished roof on the middle section which was under construction that year.
More recent photos from Castell Gwynn and the TN Ren Fest can be seen at Tennessee Renaissance Festival's Bellevue connection: Queen Elizabeth
Castell Gwynn, May 2008
The castle is beautiful in the spring.
Castell Gwynn, May 2009
Books about Castles
Tips for Attending the Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Visit Castell Gwynn every May during the Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Castell Gwynn's Castle Guard
During the Tennessee Renaissance Festival every weekend in May, Castle Gwynn is open for free tours to those who purchase a Renaissance Festival ticket. To keep crowds from private areas and dangerous activities, Castle Gwynn is guarded by the Castle Guard under the direction of the Lord High Marshall, his staff and volunteers.
Castle Guard Crusader Knight
A member of the Castle Guard at Castle Gwynn who participates in various historic reenactments and who volunteers to help protect the castle grounds during the Tennessee Renaissance Festival discusses the various parts of the clothing and armor worn by a Crusader Knight.
Crusader Knight at Castle Gwynn
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