This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. This extraordinary stone mansion, sited on a rise above the south shore of Lake Worth was begun by the Whiting in the late 1920's and was largely completed by 1938. Reportedly, Whiting won the property from a Mr. McPherson in a poker game. The round crenellated front wing and rear tower give the rambling structure the appearance of a castle. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Whiting, wealthy Fort Worth residents called it "Inverness." Mrs. Whiting designed and personally supervised the construction of the house. A one story gabled rear wing is believed to be a three-room stone farm house that reputedly was build on this site around 1860. It is difficult to trace early ownership of the property because the 1876 courthouse fire destroyed the deed records, but Ulrick Cannon reputedly owned the property during the Civil War and Julian Feild acquired it after the war ended. It is not known who built the stone house, but records do indicate that the land was homesteaded by D.P. Terrell as early as 1872 - the first indicationthat a residence stood on the property. The Charles Turner family owned the property between 1873 and 1894, and the Oliver S. Kennedy family held it between 1904 and 1911, when it was sold to the City of Fort Worth because portions of land were needed for the Lake Worth project. After construction of Lake Worth, the City of Fort Worth leased the lake front property, and many homes were built around the shore of Lake Worth. It is during this period that the Whitings constructed what has come to be known locally as the "Lake Worth Castle" and the guest cottages across Heron Drive to the West. During the ownership by the Whiting's it is believed that their son committed suicide at the castle and it also suffered a serious fire in 1939. The Vultee Aircraft Corporation leased the estate between 1944 and 1954, probably using it to entertain visiting businessmen and dignitaries. Jimmy Stewart stayed here in the early 1950's during the filming of "Strategic Air Command" at nearby Carsell Air Force Base. General Dwight D. Eisenhower spend time here also.In the mid 70's,Tony and Marian May offered Adult Self-Improvement Training Programs at the Castle and called it "Castle St. Michael." The mid 80's found the castle owned by a John Pigenburg from Hawaii and a Richard Ruiz who left the property as you see it today.
I am the granddaughter of Samuel and Hazel Whiting, the builders of Inverness.....I grew up in the house from my birth in 1941 until 1954. As would be expected, I have photographs of both the interiors and the occupants.
I lived there from about 1985 to 1987.. My mother was married to Richard Ruiz during this time, I turned 10 in 87. He and my mother divorced and he moved on to San Diego around 1990. I recall he was of Italian descent and he had a brother who owned part of the structure as well. At one point he was trying to turn in into a hotel. He also hosted LARPING parties there where people would dress up as if they were in mid-evil times. I think the venture into making it a hotel failed and he ended up going bankrupt but again I was a young kid and don't recall all the details. I learned a lot living on those grounds, how to drive, how to shoot a rifle, ride a horse etc. Richard, as you can see from my handle, you know who I am. Thank you for everything, your rabbit and venison pasta was amazing.
I would love to reach out to the family members/ owners of this property. I am trying to write a paper to publish in Chisholm Trail High Schools news paper and would love to get extra information and the history. As a little kid my mom used to take my siblings and I the the Old Heron Castle and ever since I saw it I wanted to know more about it and find out who owns it. My Email is firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to reach anyone that is willing to give information about the house. Thank you so much.
32.794176, -97.476255 coordinates are incorrect. Googled and found good address but location is closed so I wouldn't waste the time in driving here. Best to see pics already posted.
I know this castle very well as I lived there a little less than a year. Richard was the owner at the time and me and my boyfriend stayed in the servants quarters. There is more to this story on how this all came about but in shorts the castle is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello glorianneeder, myself and my mother just visited this castle by driving by it. Immediately we were both drawn to this place. I am sure we are not the first, but we both kive the history and the rustic beauty of the oroperty. I would love to see what pictures you may have, as well as hear yiur stories of growing up in this wonderful structure vas well as to get to know the owners through the stories you remember. There is something about this castke that calls iut to me when i see it. Thank you for readibg this request. My email address is Ryarbrough85@yahoo.com.
I would be very interested in getting pictures of the grounds and the inside of this place. I am a history major at UNT so any information would be greatly appreciated. I would also appreciate any information to contact the owner, email@example.com .
If anyone wants info, or has info on the castle like glorianneeder or Jalbrekt, you might wqnt to contact Larry O'Neal of Fort Worth Memories on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/386288738193562/
Does anyone know how we can get a hold of the owners now ? We have gone by to see if anyone is there to talk to but all I can see is light that is on in the “guest cottage I guess you call it if anyone has any information please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I am doing a bunch of history on this Castle because of its incredible background and just something about this place to it out as well as the history that I've heard I would love for anybody that has been related to any of these previous families to contact me I would love to interview you and ask more questions about you the family the history behind it
Please contact me. My name is Kelsey. There is something about this castle that has drawn me in and with its incredible history behind it as well.
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