We heard they were behind the times up there, but we didn't know it was this bad.
The brainchild of a French national named Michel Guyot, the Ozark Fortress is an attempt at exhibiting a realistic, Dark Ages-style citadel but located in the woods of Lead Hill, Arkansas. Guyot had already found great success in overseeing the construction of Guedelon Castle back in his home country of France. Being built entirely with era-appropriate tools and methods, the unfinished French keep is already a thriving attraction with over 30,000 visitors annually -- fortunately for Guyot, there's not that much difference between a Medieval ruin and a Medieval construction site.
20,000 go home afterward. 10,000 are retained to tend to raise crops.
So Guyot decided to take his show on the road, with the apparent mission of introducing the Ozarks to a little culture beyond Toby Keith bootlegs. Like Guedelon Castle, the Ozark castle would take decades to build, with the project being funded by the many curious sightseers eager to behold the endlessly fascinating, majestic spectacle of ancient masonry.