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Logan County’s Mac-O-Chee Castle (photograph courtesy of Piatt Castles Co. Inc.)

Words to Know: longhouse moguls Gothic turreted lean-tos bequeathed Romanesque For Discussion: 1. Most people think of castles as being very old and in Europe. Why do you think people in America would want to build a castle? 2. Search the Internet or the books at your local library for information on European castles. What is the oldest one you find? How much older is it than the Piatt Castles, Loveland Castle and the Brumback Library? Newspaper Activities: Scan the “homes for sale” ads in the classified section of the newspaper. What architectural styles are mentioned?

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