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Hidden treasure attracts Fall Riders


For many taking part in the Fall Ride, there's a pit stop they just can't seem to resist: a modern-day castle in the middle of the Northwoods.

If you walk across a plank, over a moat, and down a trail, you'll find Kelley Arms.

A castle in the middle of the Northwoods. It's a project that started in 1987 that has become a Fall Ride destination in Tomahawk.

"I think everybody who comes here tells somebody," said Peter Kelley, Castle Owner.

Peter Kelley is building the castle, by hand, with friends and family.

"Stone by stone it gets laid," said Kelley.

He said thousands of people visit during the Fall Ride weekend and the castle tours have grown into a big event.

People visiting said the castle is an unexpected treasure, hidden in the Northwoods.

"There's a castle in the middle of these beautiful woods, it's really cool," said Caryn Forrest.

Construction on the castle isn't finished, some people said they come each year to see the progress.

Plenty of materials sit outside the castle, so Kelley can keep expanding.

"It gets bigger and better every year, he's always got something going, he's working on a great room going up there now," said Bob Beninghaus.

Inside of the castle, gargoyles and even space for an elevator. From the roof, a bird's eye view of the grounds.

Kelley has been working to make the project a reality.

"It's my work and when people see it, I appreciate to see them light up," said Kelley.

Some returning visitors said they're seeing more people take interest. A sure sign that the almost magical modern-day castle is growing in size and in popularity.

Kelley said he has no date to complete construction of the castle. He said he'll just keep working until it's done.

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