by Max Brantley
Remember the failed effort by French investors to recreate a medieval castle in the Ozarks near Lead Hill, a replication of a French tourist attraction. We reported on its closure last year.
The New York Times replays the story this morning, along with the so-far unsuccessful effort to sell the real estate for a fraction of what French investors sunk in it. The idea was to watch craftsmen build a castle and live just as things might have been centuries ago.
Jean Revault d’Allonnes, an investor who still believes in the castle’s viability, said in an e-mail that it “was underfunded from the beginning,” particularly its advertising budget.
Many of the investors “are not familiar with American culture and language,” he wrote, “and they tried to impose decisions from France without hearing American advice.”
A tourist attraction without a roller coaster and funnel cakes?