“standing watch for a country estate that was never built”
This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Squire's Castle is a shell of a building located in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks in Willoughby Hills, Ohio (visible from River Road). It was built in the 1890s by Feargus B. Squire for use as the gatekeeper's house for his future country estate, which was never built. Squire, a founder of Standard Oil Company, bought the surrounding 525 acres of land but never completed the project. Squire sold the property in 1922 and the Cleveland Metroparks acquired it in 1925. Today Squire's Castle is open to the public free-of-admission. In 2008 the structure still had a roof, the interior was bare and open to the elements, and second story no longer had a floor. The Willoughby Hills Public Library annually holds a history seminar there. The surrounding park offers a footpath, riding trails, cooking grills, and a large grassy field. The second edition of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History describes Squire's Castle as "a picturesque castellated and turreted ruin"; it goes on to note that "seriously vandalized and deteriorated, ...renovations in 1995 included painting the ground floor of the castle with a waxed coating to deter vandalism." Squire's Castle has now acquired a sense of mystery. It is purportedly haunted by Squire's wife, Rebecca. The urban legend tells of her tripping and breaking her neck in the castle, but in reality, she died in Wickliffe, Ohio, in 1929, after the property was sold.
It's not on private property. It is located in the Cleveland Metroparks and is open to the public until 11 pm. Wonderful place to visit!
We spent 45 minutes looking for this place and couldn't find it.
Couldn't find it.
This was a great stop on our road trip. However, don't use the address here, just gps it through google maps or you'll end up somewhere else entirely. We stopped early morning and the park is open to the public, the only people around were the landscaping crew. We enjoyed a quick walk but didn't take the trail behind the castle. If you have more time to spend, please let me know what that Lizard symbol means on the trail sign! Lol
Beautiful nature walk at cool site seeing location
we were here this past weekend ... not private, but not much to see either
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