Is the South planning to rise again? Well, not everyone is wowed by the 21st century! Some prefer to leave behind our technically advanced society and return to the Middle Ages. Around the world, there are re-enactors keeping history alive; like indoor-outdoor laboratories, each site, each performance is a living history book. The Ozark Medieval Fortress is an educational, scientific, and awe-inspiring journey into the past.

A rescuer of unwanted ruins, Michel Guyot, the owner and restorer of one of the largest castles in France, Saint-Fargeau Castle, brought his ruin-rescuing expertise to Arkansas. Solange and Jean-Marc Mirat, a French couple living in the U.S. provided the land in a forest, on a natural site that provides all the necessary building materials: water, stone, earth, sand, and wood. With the exception of adhering to modern safety standards, this is a green project that provides all the resources that the project requires from the site.

Thirty masons, carpenters and stone carvers authentically dressed, will work year-round for twenty years, the time required to build a fortress or cathedral in the Middle Ages. Using hammers, chisels cart-horses, blacksmiths, rope makers, and woodcutters, authentic 13th century techniques of construction will be applied to the Ozark Medieval Fortress – a 20-year morphing piece of history that is not moving at warp speed.

This project is a fascinating, visual, open air classroom focused on the intriguing and vibrant reality of the Middle Ages. Baby boomers and their families will want to take guided tours where crafts men and women show off their skills. You can book on line and follow the construction progress on twitter.com/usacastle.

We love the irony of their 21st century GPS coordinates 36.436, -93.062 that guide us would be time-travelers on a journey to the Middle Ages in action.

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