Elda Castle

Built in the 1920s by David T. Abercrombie, the co-founder of Abercrombie & Fitch, this Ossining, New York mansion sits on a whopping 50 acres. Abercrombie’s wife, Lucy Abbot Cate, was the architect behind the home, and she decided to name it after their four children, Elizabeth, Lucy, David, and Abbott.

Right after it was completed in 1928, a series of tragedies struck the family: First, their daughter Lucy died in an accident at her dad’s factory, and then the patriarch himself passed away from rheumatic fever in the home, at which point Lucy Sr. moved with her eldest daughter until her own death in 1955.

Left alone, Elda soon fell into disrepair. Strangely enough, part of it was designed to look like the ruins of a Medieval castle. So perhaps the stately home has a mind of its own and is simply determined to fulfill its fate as a place of decay.

Little is known about the home’s history between then and now, but, several different owners tried to revive the home to its former glory before falling on hard times themselves. Which begs the question: Is it cursed? Probably not, but you never know!


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