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Zealandia Castle

Zealandia Castle (mansion) was built in 1889 near the infamous haunted “Helen’s Bridge". John Evans Brown of Buncombe, who, after success as a Forty-Niner in California’s gold fields, migrated first to Australia and then to New Zealand where he raised sheep on an extensive scale, was elected to Parliament and was a distinguished Minister of Education. Returning to Asheville after an absence of 30 years, he built a home atop Beaucatcher Mountain and named it Zealandia. Zealandia and Asheville, NC are located in Blue Ridge Mountains region of the famous Appalachian Mountains. Zealandia has changed hands many times throughout history. It was the corporate headquarters for Peppertree Resorts and sold to Equivest Finance, Inc. in late 1999. Now currently the headquaters for Festiva Hospitality Group. The Zealandia Castle is one of the most unqiue properties that Festiva currently owns.

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Helen's Bridge

Legend has it that a woman named Helen lived in Zealandia with her daughter on top of Beaucatcher Mountain. It has been the site of paranormal investigations.

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