Near West Liberty in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Over a Century of Tours
From Private to Public
Who do we have here?
Left: This photograph first appeared in a souvenir booklet by William McCoy Piatt in 1916, four years after he first opened his family's home for tours.
Upper right: William McCoy Piatt
1846 - 1927
William helped his father build this home, and he opened it to the public by 1912.
Middle right: Abram Piatt
1821 - 1908
William's father Abram built this home between 1864 and 1871.
Lower right: Benjamin Piatt
1779 - 1863
William's grandfather Benjamin moved his family from Cincinnati to this farm near West Liberty in 1828.
Portions of this home, now called Mac-A-Cheek Castle, have been open to tour for over 100 years. Unlike most historic house museums, it is a privately owned residence and business managed by descendants of Abram and Hannah Piatt.
Taken just beyond this railing in an area that originally served as a conservatory for growing flowers, this photograph shows William McCoy Piatt welcoming tourists to his home. Dr. and Mrs. Hall visited from Brighton, Illinois on
Described in the Dayton Daily Journal in 1919 as "two hospitable and gentlemenly men," William and his brother Rivenoak "extended a hearty welcome" to visitors who entered through the office door to your right.
In 2019, William's granddaughter and interpretive staff welcome visitors again through the office door where they will facilitate your tour. The admission fee supports staffing, mowing, and utilities, and you are welcome to enjoy our outdoor exhibits free of charge.
When you show someone around your home, where do you like to begin the tour?
Erected 2019 by Piatt Castles, The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, The Columbus Foundation, Mary Eleanor Morris Fund.
Location. 40° 15.058′ N, 83° 43.611′ 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. They Lived Long on the Land (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named They Lived Long on the Land They Lived Long on the Land (a few steps from this marker); Who's in the Dog House? (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named They Lived Long on the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackachack Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Squaw Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Onion Ditch Bridge (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Liberty.
Also see . . .
1. Piatt Castles. Wikipedia article (Submitted on January 15, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Our Story. Short biographies of the Piatts, with many pictures, on the Piatt Castles website. (Submitted on January 15, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 15, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.