Where to Find Castles in Ohio
By Anietra Hamper

Ravenwood Castle is nestled into the Hocking Hills region in New Plymouth, Ohio. It is a place that not only showcases medieval times with its stunning architecture and a knight in replica armor at the door but a destination that literally transports you into the Middle Ages.

The castle was inspired by travels to the British Isles by original owners Jim and Sue Maxwell. The design is a replica of 12th and 13th-century castles that were built on the border of England and Wales.

Ravenwood Castle Chess Board
Ravenwood Castle Dining Room

Strolling past the exterior, a Medieval Village catches my eye. A series of cottages, each with a specific theme like Cinderella’s Coach House and the Silversmith’s House, are homey getaways for couples and families.

Down the hill Huntsman’s Hollow has five rustic cabins surrounding a communal fire pit.  For those who want a Medieval-style camping experience instead of a traditional ten, the Gypsy Wagons are perfect. 

Ravenwood castle has seven themed rooms and a Great Hall with large wooden tables, stained glass windows and a grand mural depicting medieval battles. It is a popular destination for weddings, couple’s getaways and family weekends, but anyone can come and stroll the grounds for free.

There are also special events throughout the year like Murder Mystery dinners that are open to non-staying guests. What a cool treasure tucked away in a scenic Ohio forest!

Castles in Ohio 

The Gothic designed Piatt Castles in Logan County were built as private homes almost 150 years ago. The structures named Mac-O-Chee and Mac-A-Cheek are ¼ mile apart and available for public tours. Take a private tour in the Piatt Castles YouTube video.

Cooke Castle on Gibraltar Island, owned by The Ohio State University, the 15-room castle, built in 1864, now part of the OSU Stone Lab campus.

Franklin Castle in Cleveland is reportedly one of the most haunted houses in Ohio. The four-story home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Chateau Laroche, also known as the Loveland Castle, sits on the bank of the Little Miami River. Plan some time for your visit so that you have time to take in the lush grounds, four towers and viewing the collection of period weaponry. The Loveland Castle drone video shows a birds eye perspective of the German, French and English architecture.

Brumback Library Castle in Van Wert is where you will find many people enjoying a good read inside the unique architecture.

Stan Hywett Hall & Gardens in Akron was designed after a centuries-old English castle and the sixth largest home in the U.S. that is open to the public. The 70-acre estate has eight exquisite gardens.

GreatStone Castle in Sidney is tucked away on 100 acres of woods. It is now a four-story bed and breakfast that is surrounded by 100-year old oak trees.​

Squire’s Castle located within Cleveland’s Metroparks is on display for the public. The castle, which sits on several hundred acres has plenty of space to explore.

The Castle in Marietta features a prominent octagon tower in Gothic Revival architecture. Events like Downtown Abbey Tea and lectures are scheduled regularly.

The Glamorgan Castle in Alliance is an original design castle that is a stunning combination of Medieval elegance and modern amenities.

The Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville has incredible character and has been turned into a getaway destination in the heart of Mohican country.

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About the Author

For Anietra Hamper, writing is a passion. Anietra spent nearly 20 years as a top-rated television news Anchor telling thousands of stories that impact people's lives. Now, away from the spotlight, Anietra is a published travel writer. In fall 2013, Anietra was honored to be selected as a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers. Anietra's zest for exploration and photography has taken her to untouched regions of Vietnam and tribal territories of the Philippines, sharing those journeys along the way through articles and blogs. Anietra is also a correspondent for Child Fund International; one of the largest non-Government Organizations in the world. Anietra graduated Cum Laude from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and studied journalism at American University in Washington D.C. She enjoys fishing, photography, fitness and playing with her rescued dog Sunny. You can follow Anietra online at ThreeWordPress.com.