107e Chateau Laroche-- Ohio's castle
Château Laroche, also known as the Loveland Castle, is a museum on the banks of the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio, (outside Cincinnati) United States.
Built in the style of a historical European castle, construction began in 1929 by Boy Scout troop leader Harry Andrews. He built the castle on two free plots of land that his scouts obtained by paying for one-year subscriptions to The Cincinnati Enquirer. When Andrews died in 1981 he willed the castle to his Boy Scout troop the Knights of the Golden Trail (KOGT) The Castle has been extensively upgraded and renovated in the years since Andrews death and has been mostly completed by the KOGT. The walls of the upstairs chapel feature many stones brought back by Andrews in his world travels and others sent to him from foreign locations by his friends and followers.
Recently completed are an expansion to the outside gardens and a greenhouse.
Tales of the castle being haunted – often coming from Chateau Laroche's own volunteer knights – have been reported over the years. (excerpt from Wikipedia)
A personal note—one of the original Boy Scouts involved in starting construction of the castle was my late father-in-law, Harry Pansing. He assisted in hauling rocks by hand up from the banks of the Little Miami River, and building the foundations and walls of the original portion of the castle. So—this castle is part of our family history!
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