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Curwood Castle Museum, 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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  • August 8, 2017
    A neat little castle, an awesome place to explore architecture, literature, and history! Make sure you check the hours that they are open to maximize your experience!  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Curwood castle is a fun stop. It is small but cute and worth seeing. The author built it as an office and place to write. Nice area!  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    It's a small castle rich in history. The stairways are very very narrow so anyone overweight will not be able to fit up them to get to the top. There's not much to it, but the prices are low. Only $2 ...  more »
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  • April 17, 2017
    Sweet! You got to visit this very unique place! One of a kind! Great history! Fun time!
  • May 4, 2017
    Neat place. Recommend a stroll if near there.
  • July 8, 2017
    Very informational and cool place to visit.
  • July 4, 2017
    Got married there
  • August 19, 2016
    Nice atmosphere. Great place to check out some art

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