Contrary to some urban legends that have it standing in the 1800s, Covington Castle was begun in the year 1990. The builder was neither a woman from England who brought it over a stone at a time from her home country and then killed herself after being left at the altar by her fiance (the granite all is local as is the builder), nor a lesbian who committed suicide with her lover (we’ve never actually managed to hear that entire fabrication, but the builder is not of that persuasion anyway), nor Ozzie Osborne (though that one is our personal favorite among the various Urban Legends concerning the house), nor is she very old and any sort of Witch (good like Glenda or bad like the Wicked Witch of the West).
Because the owner made a terrible choice of contractors in the beginning, as a result running out of money before it could be completed, the house was finished to the point of being “dried in” after about 6 months, but the work could proceed no further. For nearly ten years the castle stood unfinished while the money was saved to finish the job, and during that time the house could not be insured or occupied and was extensively vandalized.
Also during this time, people who did not understand why it had stood there unfinished for such a long time got creative and made up a number of tales about it — nearly all of which involved it’s being haunted for one reason or another — and to this day some some people stubbornly persist in believing these tales and others that are equally entertaining and creative, but without any basis in truth. We suspect that this is because they are far more interesting that the boring fact that no one ever either lived here (prior to its eventual completion) or died here (to date).
The house was completed — enough to allow occupancy — in the year 2000, though the basement remains unfinished, the driveway mostly unpaved, and the garage un-built. There is no moat (water problems we don’t need), no dungeon (though the idea of making a closet door look like a dungeon entrance has occurred to us), and inside the house looks like…a house, though it does have high ceilings and used to have a suit of armor in the front hall.