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Many have captured the castle: a history of a mystery estate

Russell Barton and Susi Stone are the new owners of the Cornwall Castle.Photo by Alexander Wilburn

CORNWALL — Despite fighting an 18th-century war to gain freedom from British rule, America has continued to hold a romantic fascination with the aesthetics of monarchy. Maybe courtly lives just seem bigger, whether it’s the shining morality of Arthur’s knights or Macbeth’s shadowy backstabbing in the Scottish hills with witches on the edge of the forest. We may not want to take orders from a king, but we do want to live like one.

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