Chateau Laroche

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Château Laroche
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Château Laroche, "The Loveland Castle"
Established 1929
Location Loveland, Ohio
Coordinates 39°17′00″N 84°15′58″W / 39.283234°N 84.266225°W / 39.283234; -84.266225
Type Curiosity museum
Director Maintained by the KOGT
Website www.lovelandcastle.com

Château Laroche, also known as the Loveland Castle, is a museum on the banks of the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio, United States. A folly of a historical European castle, construction began in 1929 by Boy Scout troop leader and World War I veteran and medievalist Harry D. 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.[1] Andrews named his castle after a military hospital in the Chateau La Roche in southwest France where he was stationed during the First World War.[2] Its name means "Rock Castle" in French.[3]

For over fifty years, Andrews worked on his castle project. He pulled stones from the nearby Little Miami River, and when that supply was exhausted, molded bricks with cement and quart milk cartons.[4]

When Andrews died in 1981 he willed the castle to his Boy Scout troop the Knights of the Golden Trail (KOGT).[5][6] The Castle has been extensively upgraded and renovated in the years since Andrews death and has been mostly completed by the KOGT. The East tower now houses a short video presentation on Andrews' quest to finish his dream. 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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic Loveland Castle Museum (2002-07-18). "Knights of the Golden Trail". Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  2. ^ Morris, Jeff (Jun 8, 2009). "Haunted Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio". Arcadia Publishing. p. 99. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  3. ^ Karle, Tina. "120 Waterfall Hikes Around Cincinnati Ohio". Lulu.com. p. 34. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Adams, Ian (Jul 5, 2011). "A Photographer's Guide to Ohio". Ohio University Press. p. 158. Retrieved 2013-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Chateau Laroche, Loveland Castle". 2004-08-29. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Loveland Castle". Cincinnati USA. Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  7. ^ Morris, Jeff (2009). "Haunted Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio". Arcadia Publishing. p. 99. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 


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