While castles definitely aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ohio, you might be surprised to know that there are actually several small castles hiding in Ohio. (See our first list of castles
here.) From beautiful castle getaways to lone towers with mysterious pasts, here are seven more castles hiding in Ohio that you probably didn’t know about.
1. The Castle Inn (Circleville)
This lovely bed and breakfast is a romantic, medieval style getaway in central Ohio. With jacuzzi suites, massage services and a hot breakfast, you'll truly feel like the king (or queen) of the castle here.
2. Cooke Castle (Gibraltar Island)
The Jay Cooke House (also known as Cooke Castle) is located on Gibraltar Island. This 15-room castle was built in 1864, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Today, it's part of Ohio State University's Stone Lab extension campus.
3. Wagnall's Memorial Library (Lithopolis)
This beautiful library and community center was built and designed by Mabel Wagnalls Jones in 1925 in memory of her parents. (We guarantee you've never seen a public library like this before.)
4. The Castle (Marietta)
One of the best examples of Gothic Revival style architecture in Ohio, this historic (and beloved) home in Marietta is open to the public for tours and other events. It's a truly stunning hidden gem.
5. Elsinore Arch (Cincinnati)
Tucked away in Eden Park, you'll find this beautiful medieval arch. Also known as Elsinore Castle, this arch was constructed in 1883 for the Cincinnati Water Works and was inspired by Elsinore Castle featured in Shakespeare's classic, Hamlet.
6. Frankenstein's Castle (Dayton)
Also known as Patterson's Tower or the Witch's Tower, this lone tower overlooks Dayton's Community Golf Course on Patterson Avenue. Rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of teenagers who were electrocuted after they sought solace in the tower during a storm in the 1960s, this small castle houses a dark past. Today, it's sealed up and trying to get inside is prohibited.
7. Grizer Castle (Whipple)
Currently under construction, this lovely little castle is coming soon to the heart of Whipple, Ohio. According to the castle's website, once it's open to the public, the castle will be used for various festivals, family fun days and other events. To learn more and track the construction process, look up Grizer Castle on Facebook.