According to, an abandoned castle in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, which had been on and off the market for several years before going through foreclosure procedures, reportedly sold for $78,101 on May 22, 2020. The house went up for auction mid-April for $49,500, and less than a week later, it went into pending status.

Excerpted from the Bluegrass Team Realty website: Mooreland is an estate in the eastern edge of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Colonel Daniel Lawson Moore commissioned the construction of the magnificent Romanesque Revival home. The home was meant for Miss Minnie Ball of Woodford County, the second wife of Colonel Moore, whom he wed in 1891.

The home is the largest and most opulent in all of Mercer County, and it is the most striking example of Romanesque Revival architecture in Central Kentucky. Over the course of five years, it was built. The identity of the architect remains unknown. The residence’s degree of architectural brilliance is akin to that of the Theophilus Conrad house on St. James Court in Louisville, which was built by architects C.J. Clark and Arthur Loomis in the mid-1890s. Many people believe that this house is Louisville’s most remarkable example of its sort.

The Mooreland mansion is built of brick and limestone, with a single layer of stone forming the front façade. Each and every block is carefully tooled, either by bush-hammering or ribbing, and then it is set with pink mortar. Huge semicircular arches support a veranda that is supported by short, circular polished granite pillars with capitals made of beautifully carved limestone. The facade may have this characteristic. With a four-story tower topped by an entablature and parapet at the end of the south-facing veranda, the veranda is fashioned like an octagon at both ends.

The residence had been marketed for sale for more than a million dollars and included more than forty acres in the previous ten years, until the bank separated the property into two lots of 2.96 acres each to be sold with the main house.

When the house was put up for sale, it was in this condition:


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