America’s Castles – Joslyn Castle

A tornado damaged parts of the Joslyn Castle in Omaha, Neb. in 1913. (Image: Ammodramus/Wikipedia)

In a region known more for its farming and tornadoes than for lavish architecture stands Joslyn Castle, also known as Lynhurst.  The 35-room mansion and sprawling estate was built between 1893 and 1903 on the edge of Omaha. Owners George and Sarah Joslyn imported rare trees and plants from around the world to feature in their greenhouse.

On Easter Sunday 1913, a large tornado swept through Omaha. The greenhouse and part of the home at Joslyn was damaged. A hard freeze that followed destroyed the orchids that survived the twister. The Joslyns replaced the greenhouse with a summer house, and added a grape arbor and bird and squirrel feeding stations.

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