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From the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, to the Belcourt in Newport, Rhode Island, the classical European-style of architecture know as "the castle" took hold here in the U.S. during the late 1800s: America's Gilded Age.

Most were built in the the Northeast during the 1920s, but the tradition continues to this day, though they are not always financed by Wall Street. Some are built out of pure will.

Last year, New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Sean Hurley met a man — Lary Keene — who was constructing a medieval stone castle on cliff. On a mountain. By himself.

When Sean checked in with Keene recently, he discovered that "King Lance" had a new story to tell. About another castle. And another king.


This segment aired on March 21, 2014.