“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near West Liberty in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Let's Play

Let's Play Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2019
1. Let's Play Marker
Can history be fun? Kids who lived long ago had fun just as we do today. These yards and walkways have been play spaces for generations of Piatt children. Enjoy their spirit — have fun playing games from the past.

Kids have been creating hoop games for hundreds of years. Ring toss began as an ancient Roman game called quoits. To play quoits see how many small rings you can toss over the wooden post. Or, try running next to a large hoop tapping it with a stick to keep it rolling. Play graces with two ribbon-decorated hoops. Each player tosses one and then catches the other with a pair of sticks. All of these games were popular long before the hula hoop.

Do you play hopscotch? Try this version from the 1800s. The goal is to throw a stone into each of the 10 spaces starting with space 1. Hop on one foot to the space where the stone was thrown, the kick it back to the baseline. On your next turn, toss the stone into the next numbered space. If your stone goes out of bounds or lands on a line, you lose your turn. After you reach space 10, hop from 1 to 10 then turn around
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and hop back to 1. The first player to do this without failing is the winner!

When Abram Piatt was building the castle in the 1860s, croquet was a popular game for adults. By 1960 shorter mallets made it easier for children to play. Abram's great-great grandchildren played on this lawn. Join the family tradition!

Battledore & Shuttlecock
Do you like badminton? It is a lot like battledore and shuttlecock. When playing alone, keep the shuttlecock (cork topped with feathers) in the air by hitting it with the battledore (racket). In pairs, bat the shuttlecock back and forth. Play the game like children of long ago who sang a rhyme, one line to each bat until the shuttlecock falls. Here are two examples:

Up the ladder, down the wall
A twopenny loaf to serve us all.
You buy milk and I'll buy flour
And we'll have pudding in half an hour.
One, two, three, four, five, six, etc.

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse.
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.
Erected by Piatt Castles, The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, The Columbus Foundation Mary Eleanor Morris Fund.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment
Let's Play Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2019
2. Let's Play Marker
View looking at the east side of Mack-A-Cheek Castle and the attached doghouse.
Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
Location. 40° 15.065′ N, 83° 43.599′ 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 on the east side of 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. Who's in the Dog House? (here, next to this marker); A Castle as a Farmhouse (a few steps from this marker); Over a Century of Tours (a few steps from this marker); The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Storing the Crops, Livestock and Machinery (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry on the Macacheek (within shouting distance of this marker); The Broad and Fertile Acres (within shouting distance of this marker); From Generation to Generation (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Liberty.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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