Uhuburg Institute, Ltd. was established to encourage reevaluating core philosophical and religious values, appreciating the values of good home-grown food, recognizing the wonders of nature, and finding life worth celebrating.
Our four fold mission is realized in the Mural Walk, Gardens & Row Crops, Trails and Mountain setting, and through Special Events in the Great Hall and Grounds.
Citadel of Epistemology
As a Citadel of Epistemology, Uhuburg strives to educate and defend the searching, understanding, necessity, and primacy of truth and knowledge as a key to the good life.
Uhuburg is a philosophical place
Philosophy: the love of wisdom
Epistemology: the study of the nature & sources of knowledge, belief, and truth
On the inside lower level of the 1300 foot long wall, there is a series of murals with descriptive placards of historical philosophies and religions depicting major constructs and viewpoints of how the followers tried to understand life.
Many gardens in Uhuburg depicts an aspect of a philosophy or religion.
At the end of the Philosophic Murals, several challenges to define core beliefs are presented via a Labyrinth, Hall of Masks, notes of common themes, Epistemological considerations of reason, knowledge, beauty, and truth, and a computer response.
The facilities will be used for formal didactic educational classes, presentations, discussion groups, and workshops.
A Renaissance castle was chosen to reflect the Scientific Age and Enlightenment periods of Western history. This era began when Nicolaus Copernicus published De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) in 1543. This publication recognizes reason, logic, and using facts as a way of knowing.
As a Citadel, Uhuburg champions the Renaissance virtues of reason, knowledge, beauty, and truth in understanding life.
Uhuburg is not a copy of another castle but has many of the features of European design. It is intended to be uniquely characteristic to the southern Appalachia Mountains and decorated with the local animals and fauna, and recognize local customs and music as much as is possible.