To The Daily Sun,
My grandson burst into tears when he read that Kimball Castle is to be demolished before he ever has a chance to see it. I agree with him because it would be a terrible waste of a huge economic opportunity and educational opportunity for this entire region. This amazing opportunity should not be lost!
The castle can become an amazing tourist and education attraction like Rome's Coliseum or Athen's Parthenon. You don't need to let anyone near anything that's falling in, just near enough to see the light shows and listen to guides explain local history. There are promoters who can lay it all out for you if you would just bother to search them out. Money to save the castle would come from investors, not taxes, if the owners would consent to something mutually advantageous for all of us.
Your immediate problem is time. So get searching for tour promoters and light show producers in the States and in Europe to learn how they got started. You might even find an organization that packages it all. PBS and university programs might be able to provide advocates and intern support. Finding these people could give you what you need to stall the selectmen, who need assurance of good for their constituents. Bringing in jobs and tourists and countless educational opportunities is good. It is entirely possible to promote conservation and tourism if it is planned thoroughly.
You can get support from economic development folks, who in turn will get the local business support that you need to get this rolling. Put together a committee of groups who stand to lose the most, such as businesses en route to the castle that will provide housing and food and shopping for the tourists, local educators and regional educators. Families and schools and child-care providers will also lose out. So their voices should be heard.
Our exquisite four seasons suggest a number of indoor and outdoor programs that can be carefully introduced as this project is developed. Specific holiday celebrations and castle anniversaries come to mind as extra special draws. Handicap trail access and other innovations can bring national attention. The castle could become a destination wedding site, in addition to all the events and attractions that will come to mind as this is developed. Just use your imaginations to realize there simply is no limit to what can be accomplished.
Anyone who supports demolition should be ashamed of themselves for being so utterly selfish and short-sighted. This is an opportunity that should not be ignored.
Just do it. Just do it, now.
Charles W. Allen