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Piatt Castles Co Inc, West Liberty

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The Piatt Castles, built by brothers Donn and Abram S. Piatt in the 1860s and 1870s, are two chateaux built in a Gothic design, located 1mi and 1.75mi east of the village of West Liberty in Logan County, Ohio, United States. They are open to the public. In 1982, the Castles were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Piatt FamilyThe Piatt family descended from France as French Huguenots who wished to escape religious persecution in a Catholic nation. Upon moving to the United States, the family took root in the colony of New Jersey, where the grandfather of Abram and Donn, Jacob Piatt, offered support to the country in the American Revolutionary War. As reward for his deeds, the newly founded government gave Jacob land in Kentucky, where he built his home.While Jacob was a farmer and his son Benjamin was a lawyer, the family was also involved in flat boat trading up and down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as well as real estate. By 1828, Benjamin had moved his family to Logan County, Ohio. It was here that he built a log cabin for his family. At the time of their move to Logan County, Donn was 9 years old and Abram was 7.CastlesMac-O-Chee and Mac-A-Cheek were begun in 1864. Mac-A-Cheek was completed in 1871, and Mac-O-Chee completed in 1879. The homes were built only about 3/4 of mile apart from each other. Abram's home was built slightly smaller, but is more secluded and set away from the road. Donn's home is larger and sits closer to the road. Both homes have three stories and towers, boast painted ceilings, and have intricate woodwork. An 1880 county history speaks of Mac-O-Chee existing in a state of "almost baronial splendor". The two sit close to the Shawnee village of Mackachack, where Simon Kenton was forced to run the gauntlet after being captured by the Indians.
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  • So the is some castles in America but these should be on the top of the list. The architecture is magnificent the have the beautiful ceilings paint every the is as was when it was built there are two ...  more »
  • Calling either of these buildings "castles" is a stretch but I'm sure there are those that will enjoy themselves. Both castles are close by one another so easy to see one after the other. We ended up ...  more »
  • I was in the castle in a bad weather, but inside so cozy and beautiful. I felt like home. I love this place!  more »
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  • It was incredibly pricey to tour the homes and judging by the condition of the grounds outside, I could not bring myself to spend the money to tour the inside. It was a little lack luster.
  • If you're interested in knowing about Daytons history, the Piatt castles have a few interesting traits that make them a little different than other historical sites.I found it particularly interesting to learn about the indoor plumbing ideas used which originate from the brothers European travels.
  • The castles are beautiful and the history is interesting but these poor castles have shown a lot of wear since I visited as a child. It's well worth the visit to support these local treasures.
  • A great place to take in some history!
  • Worth touring both locations. Tour in spring of fall, no AC on location.