Piatt Castles West Liberty
Where is it at?
10057 Township Road 47
At the third traffic lights, take a left onto 245E, then right onto Twp Road 47.
Mac-A-Cheek Castle is on the left. Continue for another 3/4 on 245 and Mac-O-Chee is then on the left too.
Where are we going today?
Don't be confused by the names of these castles - they aren't edible!
Piatt Castles comprise of Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee, which are two beautiful historical castles that will take you on a journey with artefacts, photographs, and exhibits through your old self-guided tours!
For over 100 years people have been visiting these castles to learn about the land and people of Ohio. 100 years! That's a whole century!
These castles are family built and owned - for over 5 generations! The house is so special to this family - they even owned a sawmill which eventually made the pieces for these stunning structures!
For those interested in architecture, or art - they have beautiful structures, details, and frescoes to admire and learn about.
If you want a really unique camp experience, the castles run a Civil War Living History Camp where you can take on the role of a soldier or family members during the very famous American Civil War. You adventure will take you back to the past through simulations, hands-on activities and games!
If drama is more your thing, you can enjoy a creative camp with drama, sets and puppetry! Create, perform, and personalize sock and shadow puppets, and learn how to use marionettes - and put on a special performance for your family on the last day!
Throughout summer they occasionally host fun events perfect for the whole family, and for those very brave souls you can join in on their ghosts and goblins night!
Some of these events are held at the Mac-O-Chee castle, and some at the Mac-A-Cheek - they are only down the road from each other and both worth visiting. Check the location before you head out there!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$12 one castle / $20 both castles
- ChildrenAges 5 - 15 $7 one castle / $12 both castles
When can we go?
Hours vary on the month. 11am open and 4pm or 5pm close.
April - May weekends only, May - Sept daily, Sept/Oct weekends.
They have an education department which has developed a number of tours and programs perfect for schools. .
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget your camera! .
Doing our bit
The Mac-A-Cheek foundation for the Humanities is a non-profit organization giving back to education and research. Way to go guys!.
Need a little extra help?
If you need wheelchair access, give them a call to check what access they have.
Can I get one of those?
If you love gifts like mugs, keyrings and shirts to commemorate your experience, then of course!.
Both castles are very close to each other, so it's easy to see both in the one trip. .
What people are saying?
by Leon Barbee
We wanted our daughter to see these two buildings while she was visiting us, so we drove down to West Liberty. The history is fascinating and I love the old buildings. We were surprised that both buildings have deteriorated some since the last time we visited. I hope they can get some cosmetic things done soon, especially the roof tiles and the door and window frames of Mac O Chee and the roof tiles of Mac A Cheek. Still, we really enjoyed the setting of both places, the history behind the Piatt family.