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Moretti’s Castle – Local Author – Karin Harrison


By Karin Harrison



When Alvaro Moretti came to America in 1921 at the age of 18, he had no idea what the future had in store for him. His dream to work as a stone mason for a friend of his father was only a distant reality. He got caught up with gangsters during prohibition in New York City, where he met and married Abby, an Irish immigrant. Working for Charles “Lucky” Luciano he became a rich man, and he and Abby decided the time had come to move to Pittsburgh and follow up on his dream.  

Alvaro founded Moretti Company in Millersville, PA, and became a successful stone mason after acquiring a stone quarry. The Moretti name soon appeared on roads, buildings and bridges in PA and WV. Abby was the love of his life and he decided to build her a castle fit for a queen.  He began construction in 1948 using rock he hauled from the river.  Finished in 1953, the castle was grant, but would fate allow Abby and Alvaro to move in and enjoy its beauty? 

Karin Harrison was born in Germany but has lived in the United States for over fifty years. Leaving her successful career in the optical field to go back to college, she focused on becoming a writer, and her short stories have since been published in books of anthology, literary journals, and on line. She has authored five novels, Hermann’s Ruhe, The Wrath of the North Star, The Tainted lens, Coffee and Peach Cake – A collection of short stories, and, The Secret Picture. 

Harrison lives in Bel Air, Maryland with her husband.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8.25 × 5.25 × .5 in


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