The Loveland Castle / Chateau Laroche

Loveland Castle

Chateau Laroche, or Loveland Castle as it’s more commonly called, is actually a pretty cool place. Built by hand, by one man, over the course of 50 plus years…that’s pretty impressive. In 1927, a man named Harry Andrews bought some  land along the Little Miami River in Loveland, to use as a place for his Sunday School class of young men to swim, fish and camp. At first, the boys slept in tents, but after a few years, Harry had the idea to build a few ‘stone tents’ using rocks from the river. Harry, who had a love for the olden days of Knights and castles, then , formed the Knights of the Golden Trail. Basically a Boy Scout troop based on the Ten Commandments and the principles of  knighthood. Since all knights need a castle, he took the idea of his stone tents a step further, and on June 5, 1929, Chateau La Roche was begun.

Harry worked on the castle little by little at first, mostly in his free time as a hobby, but when he retired, it became his new full time job. He built it, again, using rocks from the Little Miami. When those became scarce, he started making his own, using milk cartons as molds for the bricks. Claiming to have done 99% of the work himself, he built the castle,  a road to the Castle, flattened all the land around it so that he could plant a garden, laid out a drainage system, built a wall along the road, dug a moat and a dungeon! Oh and I forgot to mention that Harry also lived at the castle. Yeah, he was dedicated.

Old Harry kept it up till he was 91 years old, when he caught himself on fire while burning trash, or cooking, or something involving fire…and wound up in the hospital. He died a few weeks later from his injuries. He left the castle to his Knights of the Golden Trail, and of course, they still run and care for it today. Of course, there’s a few ghost stories attached to the place, it probably wouldn’t be on this site if now. Harry is said to hang out there, which I guess makes sense considering his lifetime devotion to the place. But then there’s also stories of Knights haunting the castle…like real, dark ages Knights. Guess they got tired of the real castles in Europe they should be haunting. And then there’s the woman in white, who is said to haunt the garden. I don’t know who this woman in white is, but she shows up at a lot of these haunted places. A ghost groupie maybe?

I’ve spent the night at the Loveland Castle on 2 occasions, both times in the middle of winter. While it was a neat place to spend the night, it was freakin’ COLD, so I wouldn’t recommend it. I was there as a guest of The Northern Kentucky Paranormal Society, and we spent the night seeing what we could see, which turned out to be nothing. No Knights, Harry, or woman in white. I didn’t expect to see anything of course, but it was a good excuse to hang out and enjoy Harry’s lifes work.

Directions:

Take 1-71 north to the Fields Ertel exit. Left off the exit, Then right onto Fields Ertel. Go on up to Rich Rd. and make a right there. Then left onto Mulberry, then right onto Shore Rd.

Can you visit this location?

This is private property, open to the public during business hours. They have been known to allow ghost hunters in over night, so contact them for info.

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5 thoughts on “The Loveland Castle / Chateau Laroche

  1. Yeah, really cool place. I work right down the road from there and stop by to see it every now and then. The general area around there is really cool too. I didn’t, however, know that he built the place himself over 50 years. That’s good info. Back when I was running a ghost hunting group with a friend of mine we were trying to get in there for a night but they weren’t very cooperative. I still love it though. Not many places in the States that have a castle.

  2. I used to take my kids there when they were little & while harry was still alive but I have been there many many times & never seen any ghost of course back then they prombely didn’t have any but it is one cool place .

  3. I went here on a field trip in 3rd grade(’78) with my Gifted and Talented class. I had never heard of the place. We met the man that built it and he told us a little about it. I remember walking into an area where there were stairs. It was freezing cold all of a sudden. It just blew through us and was gone. Imagine how I felt growing up and learning that this may have been a spirit!! I had no knowledge of such things at that age!!!

  4. My dad was good friends with him and spent a lot of time there. I remember them playing checkers while I ran about the castle. One thing that seems remiss to forget to mention on a “Creepy Cincinnati” site was that Harry Andrews was officially “dead” from meningitis before being brought back to life using a “new technique” read more here. http://www.worldwar1.com/sfroche.htm – A lot of mystery to the man…. maybe even more than the castle 🙂

  5. There are many things to learn about Sir Harry Andrews and the KOGT. I’ve read some of the comments and that someone was not treated right when asking about an overnight (beefybooyawn). Please call the Castle and there should be someone who can sign you up for your overnight the number is (513)683-4686 and you can see what’s available. They have mutiple overnights, weddings, boy and girl scouts that go down, so it would have to be on a day that is open and someone is there, a Knight of Lady during your overnight! 🙂

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