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Near West Liberty in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle

 
 
The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2019
1. The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle Marker
Inscription.  
The barn still standing behind Mac-A-Cheek Castle is the only remaining section of what was the second (and possibly third) Piatt family barn. It was built in the late 19th century with a modified post and beam construction. Remaining interior features reveal that it was used for equipment and grain storage and for milking.

Transforming the barn into an exhibit building
As part of a project called, The Family Farm, Piatt Castles Co. Inc. and the nonprofit organization, The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, are raising funds to renovate the barn and transform it into an exhibit on regional agricultural history. When finished, it will focus on the changing agricultural practices at the turn of the 20th century and it will include a newly constructed educational activity area and shelter.

While here, enjoy viewing our outdoor exhibit panels on the history of the Piatt farm. They are titled, They Lived Long on the Land.

Our new outdoor panels and traveling exhibit, Corny Facts and Kernels of Knowledge were funded by grants from the Ohio Humanities Council,
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with additional support from the MFH, Piatt Castles, Champaign Bank, Charles and Linda Ardner and Janet and Kim Yost.



Piatt Castles Co. is pleased to participate in the Champaign County Quilt Tour. Our square was co-sponsored by Bauer Stoves and Fireplaces.

The Meaning of our Quilt Square
The design selected for the Piatt barn quilt square is the logo for the Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities. It represents the nonprofit organization's mission to interpret the interaction of history, culture, arts, and the environment in the Mac-A-Cheek Valley.

The white oak depicted in the logo is indigenous to this land. Oak leaves and acorns were symbols of longevity to the Shawnee people who named the valley and a popular design motif during the Victorian era when the Piatt Castles were built. Pointing in four directions, the oak leaves represent the four winds honored in Shawnee culture and the circle signifies the continuum of time. The pointed and curved lines represent architecture and its relationship with both time and nature.

The MFH logo was designed by Celina Illuzzi based on a drawing by Donn Piatt in a 19th century sketch book owned by Ella Kirby Piatt.
 
Erected by Ohio Humanities Council, The Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, Piatt Castles.
 
Topics.
The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2019
2. The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle Marker
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureEducation.
 
Location. 40° 15.053′ N, 83° 43.586′ 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 east 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. Storing the Crops, Livestock and Machinery (here, next to this marker); Who's in the Dog House? (within shouting distance of this marker); Let's Play (within shouting distance of this marker); A Castle as a Farmhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Over a Century of Tours (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); Industry on the Macacheek (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Liberty.
 
The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2019
3. The Barn at Mac-A-Cheek Castle Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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