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Romance Is Not Dead

Romance is not dead after all, in spite of what some cynics will tell you. Don’t believe me? You don’t have to look too far for proof! Right here in Georgia, there is a modern-day castle that was built by a man who promised his wife a castle and he did not mean it figuratively. Aside from being viewable as you are driving on Arnold Mill Rd in Alpharetta, it is surrounded by a fence and gate (as any good castle would be); a private home that is not open for tours. This is part of what makes it even more alluring and mystical, becoming the subject of numerous articles (including this one 😊). The castle also has a pool that functions as a moat surrounding it and there are drop bridges leading to the garage!

The fairytale-like true story of this castle is that Rudy McLaughlin, a now retired truck driver, built the castle for his wife, Ruth. It seems they have been living happily ever after here since the 1950’s. It is known as the Dwarf Castle because of the gnome statues that are guarding the outside of it. It also does look smaller than your “average” castle, but it is said that this is because most of it is actually underground.

Perhaps part of the appeal of this castle also has to do with the fact that it reminds us that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. The dreams that we had as kids do not have to remain just childhood dreams, they can become a reality for us as adults, even if we are not millionaire celebrities. There were probably many people that told Rudy it would not be possible to build a castle and yet, over fifty years later, it is still standing and is a source of conversation and inspiration for many.

I love stories like these and, as an insurance agent, I love helping my customers in achieving their dreams, regardless of how out of the ordinary they may be. What sometimes may cause people to postpone their goals is the many intricacies that go into building something, such as having the right insurance to protect what they have worked so hard for. If they don’t know where to begin, then their dreams may go onto the backburner while the million other responsibilities in their lives pile on top. The good news is that, with the right insurance agent, you can make your dreams a priority and let them worry about all that “other stuff”. They can also help you understand what some of those confusing terms mean so that it does not seem so daunting.

Whether you have a castle or a “regular” home, we will give you the time and attention you deserve and guide you through the insurance process. At the end of the day, you can rest easy and put your feet up while you enjoy your favorite TV show in your castle or wherever it is that you call home; you know that we’ve got you covered.