Ozark Medieval Fortress

City/Town: Lead Hill
Location Class: CommercialGhost TownAmusement
Year Built: 2009
Year Abandoned: 2012
Status: Abandoned
Photographer: Eddy Sisson

Ozark Medieval Fortress is a project designed to construct an accurate replica of a 13th-century French castle in Lead Hill, Arkansas. Construction is carried out on the site using only materials and techniques appropriate to the 13th century. The ground was broken in 2009, with the expectation that completion will take about 20 years.

The project was inspired by Gu├ędelon Castle in France, which is the first attempt to build a medieval castle using accurate construction methods, started by Michel Guyot. Two French citizens living in Arkansas offered to sell Guyot part of their land for the building of a similar fortification. Guyot accepted, and construction began in June 2009.

In May 2010, Ozark Medieval Fortress opened to the public. Visitors had the opportunity to observe the ongoing construction and talk to the costumed workers. Additionally, starting in 2011 a collection of medieval siege weapons was to be on display. The site was open every day from 10AM to 6PM.

In January 2012 the project closed indefinitely, requiring a buyer or an investor.

Read more: Ozark Medieval Fortress closes for now


  1. I remember reading about the progress of this and then the closure of it at the time. There was more to it than what the above implies – i.e., that it closed simply because of funding issues. If I remember right – it was discovered they were (on the sly) taking shortcuts in the building process and were using tools and materials that weren't "allowed." So I believe there was pretense involved and they were found out. That had a lot to do with their closing. It's too bad – it sure is a beautiful site and a fascinating vision.

  2. The article specifies this site was to be "an accurate replica of a 13th-century French castle…" that was being built in Lead Hill.

  3. These guys are doing wonders for Arkansas just by recognizing it in beautiful pictures and intelligent stories. Thanks Abandoned Arkansas.

  4. I stopped by this place and it is awesome. Wish it was still open because I'd like to go back. I think if it had better advertising maybe that would help.

  5. We toured this the year before it closed. Absolutely fascinating. My kids didn't even notice they couldn't use their cell phones at the time. Their intention was to make it a side trip for the Branson crowd but it all takes money & they unfortunately ran out.

  6. They just picked a place to remote to build the thing. If they would have built it closer to Branson tourist would have visited it.

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