It has been open for over a month, but Arkansas’s newest attractions has yet to be completed. In the case of Ozark Medieval Fortress, however, the construction is all part of the merriment.
In a marketing move straight from a bard’s tale, visitors interact in situ with carpenters, masons, and stone carvers clad in medieval vestments. The Lead Hill, Arkansas building has generated interest with artisans, interns, and volunteers, and there are still application forms available online for such positions. Those with skills of yore—basket weaving, blacksmithing, textiles-weaving, pottery, and manuscript illumination—could find a job within the castle’s (eventual) fortifications.
The brainchild catapulting the venture is not from the Ozarks, but from abroad; Michel Gruyot has had experience renovating castles in his native France. He also oversees construction on Château de Saint-Fargeau in the French region of Burgundy.
If you can’t make it to the fifty acre Ozark construction site this season, or even next—and word has it that catapults will entice visitors in 2011—you still have two decades to plan a vacation while construction is underway. The stronghold is slated for completion in 2030.
The official website explains visitor information such as directions, fees, and hours, and also includes detailed drawings of the expected outcome each decade.