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Curwood Castle, Owosso

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Curwood Castle is a small castle, now a museum, located in Owosso, Michigan, built by author James Oliver Curwood.
Construction on the building began in 1922 and was completed in 1923. The castle was the dream of author James Oliver Curwood, who used one of the turrets as a writing studio.
Jim Curwood was born in Owosso in 1878. He built this replica of a Norman chateau along the banks of the Shiawassee River near his home in Owosso. The exterior is made of yellow stucco containing fieldstones he chose himself. The roof is slate with copper trim. The structure does not contain any eating or sleeping areas. He used the great room to entertain guests, including movie producers, and the largest turret as his writing studio.
A hunter in his early years, Curwood later became a zealous conservationist, and was appointed to the Michigan Conservation Commission in 1926. He died a year later at age 48. In his will, the castle was given to the City of Owosso. It has served in various capacities over the years and is now a museum operated by the city, and is open to the public.
Each year, the castle hosts the Curwood Festival. The event celebrates the life and works of James Oliver Curwood.
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  • The inside is actually James Curwood's writing studio. There's a lot of memorabilia and books. Downstairs is a small museum. It's good for a nice weekend afternoon visit.  more »
  • you will only need a few hours to see every thing here but it is very cool and kids like it. I would not take old people because of the stairs . Lady at the desk was very nice and told us lots of...  more »
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  • Beautifully cared for and gives you a peek into what James Curwood looked at while working there. My children and I loved it.
  • Great place to learn about the wildlife author Oliver Curwood. A very interesting building. You wouldn’t expect to see a “castle” in a small Midwest town. The local organization has done a great job keeping it up and informative. Worth the $5.

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