Castle Preservation Society
The Castle Preservation Society was initially formed as an advisory subsidiary of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, the non-profit land trust that purchased Castle in the Clouds in January 2002 and formally took over the management of the property in 2004 after all purchase payments were completed, running the facility for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
In 2006 the Castle Preservation Society became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit and assumed full management and restoration responsibilities for Castle in the Clouds with the understanding that the historic buildings and operational area would be deeded to the Castle Preservation Society by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust once all separation details were worked out. In May of 2010 the Castle Preservation Society received title to the historic buildings and all other operational buildings and acreage related to Castle in the Clouds business (135.45 acres in two parcels: 128.19 acres around the Castle and 7.26 acres at the entrance area on Rt. 171). Title to the property was conveyed subject to a conservation easement.
The Lakes Region Conservation Trust continues to manage the 5,245 remaining acres and the 28 miles of trails that crisscross this spectacular landscape. The Lakes Region Conversation Trust and Castle Preservation Society’s joint stewardship of Castle in the Clouds is an ideal arrangement which separates management responsibilities according to each organization’s mission and expertise: the Trust’s conservation of the land and its natural and recreational resources and the Society’s preservation of the historic buildings and management of supportive services and programming.
The Castle Preservation Society’s mission is “to preserve and interpret the buildings and landscape of the Castle in the Clouds, welcoming the public to appreciate its history and beauty and developing programs that will make the Castle in the Clouds an important cultural resource.”
In the years since assuming management and restoration responsibilities, the Castle Preservation Society has made great progress in addressing major restoration problems and in developing programs that serve local and statewide communities. You can learn more about past, previous and future restoration and preservation projects by clicking here.
Castle in the Clouds’ community goal is for state and local residents to feel that it is “their” Castle, visiting often with a sense of pride and ownership. We hope our neighbors feel this way, and would be glad to hear from you in ways we are doing well, and ways we can improve. Contact us via email or phone at 603-476-5900.