In the historic mountain town of Manitou Springs lies a fascinating fortress waiting to explored by travelers – the Miramont Castle Museum.

The Miramont Castle was originally built in 1895 by Father Jean Baptist Francolon, a French Catholic priest. The priest and his widowed mother lived in the castle alone until the Sisters of Mercy came along in 1904. After that, it was used as a sanitarium, primarily for the treatment of tuberculosis.

The castle is rumored to be haunted, but that’s up for debate.

Ghost reports include that of the castle’s keeper in 2007, Viola Butler, who claimed to hear singing in the tea room, wooden floors creaking with footsteps, and doors slamming shut when the castle is completely empty. According to Butler, “it’s like the castle awakes for a certain routine,” with mostly friendly ghosts – except for the spirit that allegedly lurks in the chapel.

Granted, that report was made more than a decade ago.

Inside the Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, Colorado.Photo Credit: Jeff Slater (Flickr).
Inside the Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, Colorado.Photo Credit: Jeff Slater (Flickr).

The 14,000 square-foot castle is now operated as a museum by the Manitou Springs Historical Society. It serves as a reminder to the Victorian heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

Visitors can travel back in time by touring all four floors of the Miramont Castle, featuring 30 rooms with authentic Victorian furnishings and the Queen’s Parlour Tea Room. Self-guided tours typically last take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. A visit to this destination is a great activity for the entire family.

The castle is located at 9 Capitol Hill Avenue in Manitou Springs. Admission is $10 for adults. All proceeds go toward restoration and preservation efforts. It’s also worth mentioning reservations are required 24-hours in advance for High Tea and Light Victorian Tea, which can be made by calling 719-884-4109. For more information, click here.

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