By Brittani Rable
Posted On: Nov 21, 2020
You don’t have to go to Europe to see some great castles. In fact, there are some amazing castles located right here in Ohio. All across the state, these landmarks range from being truly historical, century-old structures, to more modern, historically-inspired buildings. Here are a few you should check out:
Photo credit: The Castle - Marietta, Oh, Facebook
The Castle in Marietta
Original owner and builder, Colonel Melvin C. Clarke, was a prominent abolitionist and local attorney. He originally built the castle as home for his family in 1855 complete with a tower, spires and other Gothic Revival elements. It was later given to the Betsey Mills Corporation to be used for educational purposes. Marietta's castle is a contributing structure in the Marietta Historical District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Historic Castle House Museum is not having tours (at this time). The gift shop is open, plus they have a variety of virtual events and workshops to put you in the holiday spirit -- like the "Short History of Victorian Christmas Décor" free webinar on Nov. 24 or the "Christmas Pudding Cooking Class" on Dec. 1.
Historic Loveland Castle & Museum
Château Laroche or the Loveland Castle is located on the Little Miami River near Loveland. Its construction began in 1929 by Harry D. Andrews, a Boy Scout troop leader, a medievalist and World War I veteran. Designed to resemble historical European castles, Andrews worked on the castle for more than 50 years, even bringing in stones from the Little Miami River.
The Castle Inn in Circleville
Built as a home in 1895, original owner Samuel Ruggles designed it after the many European castles he visited in his travels. Lovingly decorated with beautiful stained-glass windows, rose marble walls and intricate walnut furniture, The Castle now serves as a bed and breakfast.
Schwartz Castle in Columbus
Legend says that, driven mad by a broken heart, German Immigrant, William Schwartz built his castle with secret passageways and five stories of basement. Sight-seers also claim they can still see a ghost in the tall turret windows. It's now an apartment building and historical landmark – which you can see while driving around German Village.
Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth
Located near Hocking Hills, Ravenwood Castle is a modern structure designed to resemble 12th and 13th century castles on the border between England and Wales. Ravenwood was completed in 1995 and designed as a medieval-themed hotel. If you're looking for a fun read, check out Ravenwood Castle's blog and their new series, "Legends & Lore."
Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville
Located near Mohican State Park, Landoll’s Mohican Castle is a truly magnificent hotel designed to look like an Old World castle. The building opened in 2002 and has 11 unique suites, with additional suites in nearby cottages.
Glamorgan Castle in Alliance
A european immigrant from Wales, William Henry Morgan was of course inspired to build his castle in 1904 after the authentic designs of European castles he was familiar with. Sitting on 50 acres, the castle is an impressive structure that still features the original billiard room, bowling alley and indoor swimming pool! The castle is currently closed for tours, but you can still marvel at its beauty and intricate architecture with a mini virtual tour.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron
Stan Hywet Hall is the name of the former estate of F.A. Seiberling and his family. Seiberling co-founded The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The estate was constructed between 1912 and 1915, and the Seiberling family lived here until the 1950s. After that, the hall was donated to a non-profit organization so that future generations could enjoy the majesty of this expansive home and the well-maintained gardens that surround it. Stan Hywet is Akron’s first and largest National Historic Landmark and it's among the Top 10 largest historic homes in the nation open to the public.
Piatt Castles in West Liberty
Located in Logan County are two brilliant Gothic castles built in the 1860s and 1870s by the Piatt brothers, who lived in the area. The castles, named Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee, are now a private museum open to the public. Each castle has three stories, towers, painted ceilings and intricate woodwork. You can check out some fun fall-themed crafts and virtual activities on their site -- like how to make a corn husk doll.
Squire’s Castle in Cleveland
Located in Willoughby Hills near North Chagrin Reservation, this castle was completed by Feargus B. Squire, who worked for the Standard Oil Company, in the 1890s as the future gatekeeper's house. He was planning to build a large country estate on the land, but unfortunately never fulfilled his dream. Squire eventually sold the castle and the surrounding 525 acres to the Cleveland Metroparks in 1922. There's also legends that the ghost of Squire’s wife still haunts the building.
GreatStone Castle Resorts in Sidney
Over 100 years old, this picturesque bed and breakfast is located steps from Sidney Courthouse and the Square Historic District. The castle boasts a large wrap-around porch and two acres of manicured lawns and gardens.
Brumback Library Castle in Van Wert
Named after its founder, John Brumback built this castle-style library as an effort to assist 12 Van Wert women in establishing a library foundation for local residents. The 1,400-book library became a free city resource in 1896 after Brumback offered to finance it, believing everyone deserved free access to books. The castle is surrounded by public grounds and a park that serves as a vital part of the Van Wert social and cultural life.