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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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  • We stopped by with another couple,the "castle" is a charming historical site. Castle is a nice little museum featuring items and books of Mr. Curwood, on the banks of a river and beside a local artist...  more »
  • James Oliver Curwood was an author and adventurer in the early part of the twentieth century. He wrote many books some were made into movies. He built a "castle" along the Shiawassee River where he wr...  more »
  • Beautiful park and studio castle of James Oliver Curwood -- a trip into the past! Very close to original look! 
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  • Nice atmosphere. Great place to check out some art
  • Great little park, went to the museum years ago and enjoyed it.
  • awsome place to visit and learn about a small town.