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Near Sacred Heart in Renville County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Farther and Gay Castle

 
 
Farther and Gay Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
1. Farther and Gay Castle Marker
and memorial plaque
Inscription. These ruins are all that remain of a large stone house built in 1861 by Joseph R. Brown, frontier fur trader, Indian agent, politician, journalist, and inventor.

The house, known as Farther and Gay Castle, was a center of hospitality and happy family life for the short time that Brown, his mixed-blood Sioux wife, and their twelve children lived in it.

On August 19, 1862, during the Sioux Uprising, the Browns were forced to flee their home, which was looted and burned by the attacking Indians.

       1958

Memorial
Hans M. Strandjord
Nels M. Strandjord
Euphemia Strandjord
Donors of this
3 acre memorial park
in 1937
Erected 1968

 
Erected 1958.
 
Location. 44° 41.783′ N, 95° 19.352′ W. Marker is near Sacred Heart, Minnesota, in Renville County. Marker is on 145th Street (County Road 15) 0.1 miles west of 180th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacred Heart MN 56285, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Joseph R. Brown House (a few steps from this marker); The Kittelsland Water Wheel (approx.
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
2. Farther and Gay Castle Marker
1.4 miles away); The Enestvedt Marker (approx. 1.4 miles away); A Family's Proud Heritage (approx. 1.5 miles away); A New Life with Family and Friends (approx. 2.2 miles away); Boiling Spring (approx. 3.1 miles away); Vicksburg Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Wood Lake Battle (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacred Heart.
 
Regarding Farther and Gay Castle. The three-and-a-half story Farther and Gay Castle is a pun on Fotheringhay Castle (also Fotheringay Castle) in Fotheringhay, a village and civil parish in Northamptonshire, England. Fotheringhay Castle is where Mary, Queen of Scots, was tried and beheaded in 1587.
 
Also see . . .  Minnesota Historical Society. A Visit to Farther-and-Gay Castle. "All the rooms — there must be twenty of them — are well furnished, but the parlor is gorgeous with its sofa and chairs upholstered in black mohair, heavy damask curtains hanging from brass cornices, and heavy bronze chandeliers with crystal pendants. All the
Farther and Gay Castle Ruins and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
3. Farther and Gay Castle Ruins and Marker
fine furniture was bought in New York. There are two pianos, one in the parlor, the other in Mrs. Brown's sitting room."
excerpt from an 1861 letter (Submitted on October 17, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Farther and Gay Castle Ruins image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
4. Farther and Gay Castle Ruins
Much of the building stone was removed and incorporated into the homes and barns of local homesteaders
Farther and Gay Castle Ruins image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
5. Farther and Gay Castle Ruins
Joseph R. Brown Memorial Wayside
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
National Register of Historic Places #86002838
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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