Near West Liberty in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Castle as a Farmhouse
They Lived Long on the Land
Construction of this stone mansion was begun in 1864 by General Abram Sanders Piatt (1821-1908). Finished in 1871, it replaced an earlier frame house where Abram had lived with his first wife Hannah and their children before her death in 1861 and his service in the Civil War. Named Mac-A-Cheek, the new castle-like dwelling was occupied by Abram and his second wife Eleanor, his younger children, domestic workers and farm laborers.
Not only a home, Mac-A-Cheek served as the hub of an evolving industrial, commercial and agricultural complex consisting of over 1,000 acres of tenant farms, merchant and custom mills and metal working shops. Like all farm houses of its day, it was the processing center for agricultural products: butter, cheese, meat, vegetables and fruit. In the basement was a large kitchen adjacent to several storage rooms containing the produce grown for family consumption.
Following Abram's death, his son William and wife Julia moved into Mac-A-Cheek where they supplemented their income by opening the house to tourists. This house, with its surrounding 80 acres is still owned by members of the Piatt family
I follow the plow in the furrow,
Turning over the rich mellow earth;
While green corn goes waving and flashing,
As rejoicing with me in its mirth.
The rich soil is teeming with blessings,
While I'm toiling its rich fruit outpours;
Its fullness of treasures surrounds me,
'Mid the roses that bloom at the door.
Gen. A. Sanders Piatt, date unknown
". . . Born in the city General Piatt was bred in the country. He was a son of the soil."
Ben Piatt Runkle, "Abram Sanders Piatt," West Liberty Banner, March 26, 1908
Erected by Ohio Humanities Council, The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, Piatt Castles.
Location. 40° 15.059′ N, 83° 43.609′ W. Marker is near West Liberty, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from Township Road 47 0.1 miles south of Ohio Route 245. Marker is next to the Mac-A-Cheek Castle, which is about 700 feet from Township Road 47. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty OH 43357, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Over a Century of Tours (here, next to this marker); Who's in the Dog House? (a few steps from this marker); Let's Play Industry on the Macacheek (a few steps from this marker); From Generation to Generation (a few steps from this marker); Storing the Crops, Livestock and Machinery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Broad and Fertile Acres (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackachack Town (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Liberty.
Also see . . . Piatt Castles. Wikipedia article (Submitted on January 14, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 14, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.