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Leave It Better Than You Find It ~ Enjoy, Do Not Destroy

December 16, 2017

During my initial hike in Ramapo State Park on Mother’s Day 2017, some of the other hikers we met on the trail mentioned to us that there were some old castle ruins off the trail further up the mountain. Although I was thoroughly enjoying the splendor of the trees, the rocks, and the fresh air, the prospect of exploring ruins of any structure (let alone a castle) was extremely fascinating.

As soon as I got home I began researching the location and history of this mysterious castle and was enthralled by what I found. The ruins atop Fox Mountain are that of the Van Slyke Castle (also known as Foxcroft) which was built in 1909 as a summer home by William Porter, a wealthy New York stockbroker. After the death of the owners, the castle was left uninhabited for a long time, and was broken...

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