Squire's Castle, Willoughby Hills

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, an executive with the Standard Oil Company, bought the surrounding 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,...enovations in 1995 included painting the ground floor of the castle with a waxed coating to deter vandalism."Squire's Castle contains 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.
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  • Such an awesome place in a Cleveland metro park to visit. The history behind the castle was very informative. Love the fact that you can walk through the castle and imagine what it would be like back ...  more »
  • We visited as a part of our Ohio Castles trip. Love that this was free, open to explore and though rustic in form- a feeling of being in a castle of yesteryear. Plenty of hiking and pocnic area with w...  more »
  • Amazing part of the North Chagrin reservation. Nice open field to play sports, have a family picnic, or just take in the sights. The trails behind the castle are nice and gives you a good walk. It’s great for almost everyone including pets and children. Please courteous and kind to the area and other people while visiting
  • Great open space with picnic tables, pavilion, trail heads to various length hikes, and a real castle to explore! The castle is not huge, but it's real. This is a great place for a long family picnic outing or a reasonable walk from the nature center nearby, just be ready for muddy trails most of the time. There are rustic restrooms but no water.

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