What’s up with that castle in North Fulton?

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What’s up with that castle in North Fulton?

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Becca J. G. Godwin/becca.godwin@ajc.com
The private residence is located in Roswell on the corner of Cagle Road.

If you’re driving along the border of Roswell and Alpharetta, and approaching Arnold Mill Road from Cagle Road, you might notice something weird.

You’ll see some cars passing by, a bicycle crossing sign, and then if you look to your right — boom — there’s a castle.

So, what’s up with that?

Several websites have written about the property dubbed the “Cagle Castle” or “Dwarf Castle” and, to some, it’s been one of north Fulton County’s mysteries.

According to realtor.com, the home — yes, this is someone’s home — sits on 2.11 acres of land and spans 1,962 square feet. It features two bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, and was built in 1950. The estimated value of the castle is $428,500.

quick look at Google Maps shows that the castle has a moat around it, leading to a larger pool in the backyard. It’s like having a personal lazy river.

But what is the story behind the castle? Why is it there? Who built it?

According to AtlasObscura.com — a website billing itself as the “definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous places” — it was built by Rudy and Ruth McLaughlin. Rudy was a truck driver and told Ruth he would build her a castle one day, and sure enough, he did.

The site cites Fulton County as its source.

The home is surrounded by a fence and gnomes sit atop it at the entrances, giving it one of its nicknames. It also features a drawbridge.

But remember, tourists, this is a home. It’s private property and tours aren’t available. So view it from afar.

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