The Princess Royal saw Shropshire from new heights yesterday when she climbed to the top of Flounders' Folly, near Craven Arms.
The folly has been restored by a team of local residents, led by Sula Rayska, who was incensed that the Grade II listed, 80ft landmark was falling into disrepair.
It had once belonged to actress Julie Christie but in 1999 a trust formed by Ms Rayska and friends was able to buy it for just £1.
With a grant of £13,635 from the Local Heritage Initiative, and help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many individual and charitable trusts, the folly has now been restored.
Flounders' Folly was built by Benjamin Flounders, a Quaker from Yorkshire, in 1838 probably to celebrate his 60th birthday.
He was born in Yarm in Yorkshire on 17 June 1768. Flounders inherited the Culmington estate in Shropshire from his uncle Gideon Bickerdike, who had intended leaving it to endow the Quaker Ackworth School near Pontefract, but changed his mind and left it to Benjamin Flounders with £ 200,000 in 1807.
Flounders himself was baptised into the Church of England in 1817, his love of field sports and port apparently having upset the Quakers.
Ms Rayska said: "It's taken a great deal of hard work as local volunteers have been clearing the site from overgrown scrub, planting new hedges and doing historical research.
"We are thrilled that Her Royal Highness took time during her visit to Shropshire to come and see Flounders' Folly and recognise the tremendous work that all our volunteers and the contractors have done."