Seely’s Castle in Asheville, North Carolina

Some people believe the imposing brick walls of Seely’s Castle in Asheville, NC hold terrible secrets from it’s evil past.
Seely's Castle in Asheville, NC
What horrors lurk inside Seely’s Castle?

The history of Seely’s Castle, also known as the Overlook Mansion, in Asheville, North Carolina is steeped in rumors of dark and disturbing affairs befitting of a place long reputed to be a location for the satanic rituals and sacrifices of the “rich, elite and powerful” satanists that populate Asheville and the surrounding region.

Seelys Castle, also known as Overlook MansionIt seems that little is known about the castle, considering its age. It was built in 1912-1914 for Fred Loring Seely on ten acres at the top of Sunset Mountain. It has seen five known owners.

The Seelys lived there until Mr. Seely’s death in 1942 at age 70. In 1949 his wife, Evelyn Grove Seely, whose father had given them the land, sold the castle to Asheville-Biltmore College, who occupied the property until they outgrew it in 1961. The third owner was Mr. Jerry Sternberg, who made several improvements with plans to open it as a museum, which he never achieved. He then turned the property over to Overlook Christian Ministries in the late 1970s. Overlook was a full gospel ministry that believed in speaking in tongues and other gifts of the Pentecost, which some claim may be the root of the rumors of satanism. The owners of Overlook wrote a book about their ministry called A Castle in the Kingdom.

The castle was acquired by the Wells family in 1984, who seem to be the last known owners, though another rumor claims executives of BonWorth purchased the castle from the Overlook ministry as a retreat.

Seely Overlook Castle in Asheville, North CarolinaAmong its many amazing features are the Jacobean ceilings, stained glass windows and a huge, two-story library with balcony in the north tower, which includes an entire wall made of glass with a panoramic view of Asheville. Besides its many secret passages, it is said there is a room hidden behind the library’s fire place, with soot-covered windows on the outside but no known access. The original wooden doors removed in the 1960s depicted the 12 Canterbury tales.

The lions on each side of the tunnel entrance were apparently at the courthouse in Atlanta when Sherman’s army marched through during the Civil War.

Concrete lions at the entrance of Seely's Castle

Seely's castle

Located at 710 Town Mountain Rd. (map), a drive said to be adorned with the mansions of the area’s rich and powerful, Seely’s Castle can only be glimpsed through the woods from a distance, or at the entrance guarded by metal gates and surveillance cameras. It is said the castle is inhabited by a religious order, and no visitors are allowed through the gates.

Read about some of the alleged Satanic rituals and human sacrifices at Seely’s Castle in Pam Schuffert’s 2001 article Satanism in America Today.

More Photos of Seely’s Castle

Seely Overlook castle as Biltmore college
Seely’s Castle as Biltmore College

Seely Overlook castle 1920
The castle in 1920

Seely Overlook castle

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