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Ralston Castle
On May 19, 2013, the Hopewell Valley Historical Society hosted its second House Party for members at the "Castle" in Hopewell. Hope and Kevin Cotter graciously opened their house which has fascinated generations of Hopewell Valley residents since it was first built at the turn of the last century. It was designed as the centerpiece of a utopian society founded by Webster Edgerly. Its Queen Anne design includes an expansive wrap-around porch overlooking an original pond and water fountain. The interior is complete with loads of ornate woodwork and room upon room of tall windows and doorways. One of the most impressive features was a dramatic staircase that curved from the center of the front hall to the second floor, passing by a striking two story stained glass window placed mid-floor on an unusual curved landing. 

Docents were present to share stories and answer questions about the history of the house as well as the legends of Ralston Heights and the utopia community Edgerly attempted to establish in Hopewell Valley. Guests were able to wander freely through the house accompanied by piano music and a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres. Wine was served by celebrity bartenders, that included local mayors and other familiar community leaders.

              Members Only Open House           
"Hopewell Castle"

The grounds around the house were magnificent. Old postcards identified this original feature on the property as "Ralston Lake"
Loyal volunteers Fran & Noel Goeke were on hand to check members in. Thanks guys!
Guests explored all three stories of this massive house and enjoyed some lively conversations along the way.
This wooden staircase was a perfect example of the "old world" craftsmanship that went into the construction of this beautiful house.
This tub on the second floor was a "must see" for the historical society members in attendance.
Despite a light drizzle that day many guests wandered around the beautifully landscaped grounds.
This stunning original stain glass window on the stairway rose two stories high.
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