Oechsner's Dream Island (a.k.a the Williamsville Castle or Cambria Castle) is located on a two acre island in Ellicott Creek. The limestone structures were built by hand by Ignatz Oechsner between 1917 and 1945 in homage to his Bavarian homeland. Oechsner also created extensive gardens, paths, stone walls, steps, art, fountains, bridges and even a moat. After a fire destroyed the inside in 1956, the castle was refurnished to accommodate the new family that was living there at the time. In the many years since the island has fallen into disrepair, with many of Oechsner's original structures beginning to become overgrown and fail.
Due to the overwhelming need to preserve the castle grounds, the island and the buildings on it are being restored to match its original purpose of being a sanctuary. The gardens are being replanted with native plants and the stone structures are being restored to match this original vision of Ignatz Oechsner. This site is extremely historically significant to the Village of Williamsville and the renovation of the castle grounds is being undertaken with the upmost care. Progress can be followed from the Restoration Blog where significant
achievements and undertakings will be documented. Check the FAQs to learn more about what you can do to aid in the restoration process.