Ohio has a long history full of incredible things and amazing people, but did you know there are also several stunning castles in Ohio, some even rumored to be haunted? From north to south and from east to west, you'll find old structures and newly constructed castles all across the state. All of them offer amazing architecture and great stories to share. We hope you'll enjoy these magical, mythical, mysterious Ohio castles!
Whether you are looking for a ghost hunt or a history lesson, these 14 incredible castles in Ohio have a lot to offer and are worth the visit.
The Brumback Library
Few, if any, libraries have the look and history like that of the Brumback Castle Library. The exterior of the building was created with a combination of Gothic and Romanesque styles with its turreted towers and Ludowici tile roof. Supported by the Brumback family, the completed library was dedicated and opened to the public in early 1901 as the first tax-supported library in the country.
You can enjoy the exterior architecture of the Brumback Library Castle at any time and the library is open for visitors daily, Monday through Saturday.
The Brumback Library
215 W. Main St., Van Wert, OH 45891
Franklin Castle (also known as Tiedemann House) has inspired countless ghost stories that have evolved into urban legends over the years. Some have referred to the castle as the most haunted house in all of Ohio with stories of unexplained voices and ghost sightings. The Victorian-era property sat vacant for years after it experienced a fire in 1999 until it was purchased in 2011 by a European couple who have been working to restore it.
In March 2017, Franklin Castle was featured in season 1 (episode 3) of the reality TV series “Paranormal Lockdown”. If you'd like to learn more about Franklin Castle, its truths, history, and mysteries, you can find the book written by two Cleveland locals, Haunted Franklin Castle, at Amazon.com. Unfortunately, the private property is not open for tours, but you can drive by to see the exterior of the castle anytime.
4308 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44113
This grand Vermont marble mansion was originally built as a residence for Col. William Henry Morgan and his family in 1904. After many lives as an Elks lodge and the headquarters for a machining business, Glamorgan Castle currently serves as the central administration building for Alliance City Schools.
The castle sits on 20.5 acres of land and although the outside looks like an ancient castle, the inside was designed for comfort in a combination of styles including Greek columns, a grand staircase with a circular balcony, carved wood, Renaissance-style tapestries, and a Japanese breakfast room with bamboo trim and teakwood flooring.
Guided public tours of the property are offered on most Friday afternoons, lasting about an hour, and include a number of stairs making it challenging for visitors with physical limitations. Private tours can also be arranged by appointment through their website.
Admission is a per person donation (cash or check only!); children 6 and under free. All of the donations go towards renovation of the mansion.
200 Glamorgan St., Alliance, OH 44601
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Great Stone Castle – Sidney
This nationally recognized historic mansion was originally built as a family home for the wealthiest man in Shelby County, W.H.C Goode. As the owner of the American Steel Sky Scraper company, he personally handled every detail of its construction and created it from 18-inch thick Bedford Indiana Limestone.
Now operating as a bed, breakfast, and spa resort, Great Stone Castle offers visitors an old castle feel in a cottage-like setting, providing comfort, class, and a royal feel with its 100-year-old oak trees and luxurious décor. The inside features four levels, each boasting 4,000+ square feet of living space, rare hardwoods, and Victorian area furniture. The mansion is suitable for a variety of activities and is a beautiful place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or to find a quiet spot to just get away for the weekend.
Plus, if you're looking for things to do in the Sidney area the resort is only a 10-minute walk to both the historic downtown district and Sidney Theatre.
Great Stone Castle
429 N. Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365
While this medieval-style castle looks as though it's been around for more than 4,000 years, the construction of Grizer Castle began in 2014. Sitting atop one of the town’s highest points in a vast 80 acres of beautiful grounds, the castle is currently still under construction but is expected to open to the public in the spring of 2020.
When completed, owner Bill Grizer envisions his Ohio castle to be a location for year-round festivals and entertainment with its dungeon, library, and honeymoon suite. Since he was a young boy, Grizer had always dreamed of living in a castle and after turning his family home into a magnificent 15th-century castle, he decided to create another one – Grizer Castle – to accommodate guests and hold events and parties where anyone can experience “the enchanted medieval ages.”
1298 Scotts Ridge Rd., Whipple, OH 45788
Landoll’s Mohican Castle
When you visit this premier castle hotel, wedding venue, and retreat center, you can discover the beauty, explore, relax, or even participate in a ghost hunt!
After being built room by room without floor plans, the castle sits at the top of 30 acres (1,200 feet technically making it a mountaintop) and has been offering unique experiences to visitors since it opened to the public in 2002.
With a turn of luck, the castle found itself featured in the 2016 season finale of Gordon Ramsay’s TV show “Hotel Hell” (2016). After being seen by more than 20 million viewers, the hotel has been thriving ever since. While filming the show, Ramsay spent his nights in the Thering Suite (suite 9).
In addition to the primary property and cottages, Landoll's Mohican Castle has recently added several new suites complete with an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. Check their website for dates and times of their Ghost Walk and Haunted History Tour of Heyd cemetery and spirits of Landoll's Mohican Castle.
Landoll's Mohican Castle
561 Township Rd. 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842
Château Laroche Historical Castle Museum, also known as Loveland Castle, was built as a reminder of the time when Knighthood flourished. Today it is owned by the Knights of the Golden Trail (named after the builder's Boy Scout Troop) and functions as their world headquarters and museum.
When you visit you will learn about Sir Harry and how he built the castle, see period swords and weapons, sit for a game of chess or checkers, enjoy a picnic, and hear ghost stories shared by the Knights. (The castle is rumored to be haunted by Sir Harry himself!)
Loveland Castle also hosts small wedding ceremonies and overnight stays for Scouts and offers paranormal investigations for an extra cost. You can visit the castle year-round, but check their website for details on their open hours.
Historic Loveland Castle & Museum
12075 Shore Dr., Loveland, OH 45140
Piatt Castle: Mac-A-Cheek
For more than 100 years, these family-owned Ohio castles have been a popular tourist attraction in Logan County. Each castle home offers a self-guided tour through more than 200 years of Piatt Family History with Native American artifacts, history, family mementos, and photographs.
Both castles are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the architecture and design are worth a visit. You'll find antiques, frescoed ceilings, inlaid floors and woodwork, and unique artistic furnishings.
Located about a mile apart, you'll need to purchase tickets for both or a combination ticket can be purchased for a slight discount online or at both castles. Only the first floor of each castle is wheelchair accessible.
Piatt Castle: Mac-A-Cheek
10051 Township Rd. 47, West Liberty, OH 43357
The Castle Historic House Museum, also known as Marietta Castle, is a Gothic-Revival style home built in 1855 and was opened to the public in 1994.
With a rich history full of influence and business success, this castle is a beautifully restored example of the Victorian period. The 90-minute tour is led by knowledgeable guides who are prepared to share its history from the Potter's Cabin to the furniture and antiques of the mansion.
Open to visitors from April through December, be sure to check their website for seasonal hours. They also have special events and exhibits throughout the year, including cemetery tours and ghost tours!
The Castle Historic House Museum (Marietta Castle)
418 4th St., Marietta, OH 45750
The owners of Ravenwood Castle consider it a “Modern Castle” with “Old World Charm.” Located about 9 miles from Hocking Hills, this castle was built in 1995 with a design to resemble castles built in 12th and 13th century England.
Whether you are looking for a medieval getaway for two or planning an elaborate themed wedding or corporate event, this castle has several themed accommodations including suites with incredible four-poster beds, comfortable cottages, and rustic village cabins.
In addition to functioning as a themed resort, Ravenwood Castle is surrounded by a dozen state and national forests making hiking in the area exceptional. They also offer seasonal events and game nights.
65666 Bethel Rd., New Plymouth, OH 45654
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Although a bit tricky to find, those who have taken pictures of its turreted style say it's worth seeing, even if only from the outside. Located in German Village the home was built by Frederick William Schwartz in the 1800s to look like an ancient castle with a turret of windows that can be seen through the village.
The legend of the castle is that Schwartz, a German Immigrant and pharmacist, after building it for his fiancée (who broke the engagement), became insane and took to odd behaviors and built secret passageways into his home.
Today the property has been broken into several apartments. Tours are not available, but you can rent the incredible penthouse apartment for about $6,000 per month where you might see Schwartz himself who is rumored to climb the outside ladder to the top of the structure and wander through his underground tunnels!
492 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215
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A registered national landmark, Squire's Castle in Willoughby Hills is not actually a “castle,” but rather the ruins of the gatehouse of a castle that was never constructed. Built with local siltstone, Fergus B. Squire built the gatehouse for his family with two upper floors, a kitchen, a breakfast porch, and a basement in about 1897.
Today, only the shell of it remains, and is a popular site for weddings, hikers, and castle enthusiasts on the grounds of the Cleveland Metro Parks in the stunning North Chagrin Reservation.
2844 River Rd., Willoughby Hills, OH 44094 (North Chagrin Reservation)
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The Castle Inn
Originally this amazing mansion was built as the home for Samuel T. Ruggles and his family in 1895. With the rumor of being haunted and history including a real “murder mystery” unsolved since 1976, the castle was featured on “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal” on the A&E Network.
Today, the mansion has been transformed into a unique Victorian-style bed and breakfast complete with heart-shaped Jacuzzis suites and modern luxuries. It has become popularly known for its monthly “Murder Mystery” events where the guests are invited to dress up in period clothing and participate as characters in the game.
The Castle Inn
610 S. Court St., Circleville, OH 43113
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Built in the early 1900s for F. A. Seiberling, founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, this 64,500 square ft mansion and estate are nothing short of amazing. With 65 rooms, a conservatory, a gate lodge, and several formal gardens it is one of the largest homes in the country and well worth the drive to visit.
Although it's not officially a castle, it is full of history, beauty, and charm that offers several tour options including a “nooks and crannies” tour. You can spend an entire day on the property basking in the beauty of the gardens and butterfly exhibit after your tour or go out to enjoy their long list of special events including activities for scouts, car shows, and arts festivals.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303
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