Explore an Ohio castle and its historic artifacts during free events this month

Mac-A-Cheek was built by Abram Sanders Piatt, a farmer and soldier in the Civil War. He and his brother, Donn Piatt, built a pair of homes in West Liberty called the Piatt Castles. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Mac-A-Cheek was built by Abram Sanders Piatt, a farmer and soldier in the Civil War. He and his brother, Donn Piatt, built a pair of homes in West Liberty called the Piatt Castles. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek was built by Abram Piatt in 1864

Two free events geared toward history lovers are on tap at the historic Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek in West Liberty in Logan County.

Mac-A-Cheek, a 25-room chateau reminiscent of a castle, was built by Abram Piatt in 1864 and has been a house museum operated by the Piatt family for more than a century.

Piatt’s brother, Donn Piatt, built a second castle a mile away called Mac-O-Chee. It was sold to another family in 2019.

Two-inch gaps — dust channels — were designed along the stair treads at Mac-A-Cheek, one of the Piatt Castles in West Liberty. Two free events will be held this month geared toward history lovers.  LISA POWELL / STAFF
Two-inch gaps — dust channels — were designed along the stair treads at Mac-A-Cheek, one of the Piatt Castles in West Liberty. Two free events will be held this month geared toward history lovers. LISA POWELL / STAFF

A celebration of General Abram Piatt’s 200th birthday will be held Friday, May 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tour the home and take part in a scavenger hunt to learn about Piatt’s life as farmer, soldier, family man and influencer. A farm fair featuring Ohio products and food vendors will also be on site.

The second free program, an exploration of a ornately carved walnut cabinet in the castle’s drawing room and the artifacts inside, will be held Sunday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Speakers include Alex Heckman, Vice President of Museum Operations at Dayton History, Andrew Richmond of Wipiak Consulting, Dr. Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology at the Ohio History Connection and Mike Follin, a living history expert.

Margaret Piatt calls the drawing room at Mac-A-Cheek "the best room with the best things in it,"  It was the original portion of the home that opened as a museum in 1912. A massive cabinet filled with natural history treasures collected by William McCoy Piatt is at right. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Margaret Piatt calls the drawing room at Mac-A-Cheek "the best room with the best things in it," It was the original portion of the home that opened as a museum in 1912. A massive cabinet filled with natural history treasures collected by William McCoy Piatt is at right. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Space is limited and registration is required on the events page www.piattcastle.org or contact Margaret@piattcastle.org.

Piatt Mac-A-Cheek Castle is located at 10051 Township Road 47, West Liberty, OH 43357.

Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek is open for visitors with an admission fee on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 23.

Beginning Saturday, May 29 it will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day hours return to a weekend only through Sunday, October 31.

More information on Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek and upcoming events can be found here.