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Curwood Castle, Owosso

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Curwood Castle is a small castle, now a museum, located in Owosso, Michigan, built by author James Oliver Curwood.OverivewConstruction on the building began in 1922 and was completed in 1923. The castle was the dream of author James Oliver Curwood, who used one of the turrets as a writing studio.Jim Curwood was born in Owosso in 1878. He built this replica of a Norman chateau along the banks of the Shiawassee River near his home in Owosso. The exterior is made of yellow stucco containing fieldstones he chose himself. The roof is slate with copper trim. The structure does not contain any eating or sleeping areas. He used the great room to entertain guests, including movie producers, and the largest turret as his writing studio.A hunter in his early years, Curwood later became a zealous conservationist, and was appointed to the Michigan Conservation Commission in 1926. He died a year later at age 48. In his will, the castle was given to the City of Owosso. It has served in various capacities over the years and is now a museum operated by the city, and is open to the public.Each year, the castle hosts the Curwood Festival. The event celebrates the life and works of James Oliver Curwood.
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  • Unique.... that's about all I can say. A touch of local interest but nothing that is on a must-see list.  more »
  • Didn't know what to expect. Confusing when you first enter, no signs as to where to go. The mason room is nice worth history and pictures. This is a self guided tour, the woman was just barely helpful...  more »
  • As a Michiganer, I have driven by the Castle dozens of times over the years, but only stopped this past weekend to tour the Castle. I was pleasantly surprised at how well kept and appointed it is. The...  more »
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  • Beautiful local landmark with a knowledgeable and friendly docent. Highly recommend a stop by this picturesque location. A stroll along the river with a stop at the Art Center is a relaxing afternoon.
  • This was a very nice place to take a tour! The history of this place was very interesting. I learned a lot! This is a good place to take the kids for a nice little history lesson.
  • Beautiful! And live music. Fun to take the kids here
  • A beautiful historic castle along the Shiawassee river
  • Beautiful, simply beautiful. Highly recommended!

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