Former Castle HotelThe story of the Castle begins shortly before the end of the 20th century, when General Howard Carroll, a well-respected newspaperman who used to work for The New York Times as the Washington D.C. correspondent, playwright and businessman, bought the land in order to build a home for his family. After General Carroll’s death in 1916, his widow and two children stayed at the Castle until 1940, when it was rented for a short period to a local school. In 1941, Emerson and Ruth Axe bought the Castle and 64 acres of land at the price of $45,000 and turned it into an investment counseling firm. In 1981, the town of Tarrytown designated τhe Castle a historic landmark, protecting the outside structure from any future alterations. Between 1994 and 1996 the Castle was transformed into a luxury hotel, whereas in early 2013, the Castle Hotel & Spa underwent a thorough renovation.