The Man Who Built a Castle


At the bottom of a steep yet very narrow and winding road in the town of Loveland, Ohio, stands a medieval castle named Chateau Laroche (aka Loveland Castle & Museum).   Built by Harry Andrews, a former World War I army veteran, who acquired the land in 1927 and began construction in 1929, it was a labor of love.

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Andrews carried tons of stones in an estimated 56,000 five-gallon pails from the Little Miami Riverbed upon which the Castle sits and made bricks by pouring concrete into old milk cartons.

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It was during his tour of duty in Europe that Andrews fell in love with castles. Upon his return, he formed the Knights of the Golden Trail (KOGT), a group he said would be dedicated to helping save civilization, which he felt had seriously eroded. Their code of conduct is simply to follow the Ten Commandments.

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Working on the castle every weekend until he retired in 1955 at the age of 65, and then full-time, the castle was Andrews’ life work.

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The castle boasts a great hall, a banquet hall, an armory, a bedroom for Andrews, a watchtower, and a real dungeon with cells. Some of the rooms are full of memorabilia from the dark ages.

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Objecting to modern warfare, Harry preferred sword-to-sword medieval combat.

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Staircases twist up at sharp angles…

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Vegetables and flowers can be grown year-round in the hothouses.

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Andrews passed away in 1981 before construction was officially completed due to severe burns he received in a trash fire he set that raged out of control.

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The castle is a popular venue for weddings, camping for boys scouts, and paranormal investigators searching for ghosts!

22 thoughts on “The Man Who Built a Castle

      • Hi Sherry,
        Just now it’s 89 here in Fredericksburg. Max temperatures will be in the lower 90s for the next 10 days, according to the forecast. That’s not too bad, I think. But then, the Texas Hill Country has a more favourable climate than Karnes County, where we used to live before moving here. Also the humidity is less up here. I like that a lot. It’s easier on me on my bicycle rides.
        Have a great time,
        Pit

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