The Castle

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The Castle was built in 1855 by attorney and abolitionist Melvin C. Clarke, who died in the Civil War battle Antietam. In 1889, the Castle was owned by newspaper publisher E.W. Nye’s daughter Lucy Nye Davis. She and her husband Theodore Davis had two daughters named Jessie and Grace. Jessie eventually inherited the home and lived there until her death in 1974. Some folks believe Jessie never left the house where she lived to be almost 100. Several Girl Scout troops there for historical activities and sleepovers heard footsteps in Jessie’s bedroom, and docents have seen strange things, too. Temperature levels fluctuate mysteriously, doors lock for no reason, and a moaning sound has been heard.

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418 4th Street
Marietta, OH 45750
United States

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39.42054, -81.45502199999999
Washington County, Ohio
Nearest Towns:
Marietta, OH (0.4 mi.)
Williamstown, WV (1.4 mi.)
Devola, OH (3.9 mi.)
Reno, OH (4.6 mi.)
Boaz, WV (4.8 mi.)
Waverly, WV (7.0 mi.)
North Hills, WV (7.8 mi.)
Lowell, OH (8.0 mi.)
Vienna, WV (8.2 mi.)
Lower Salem, OH (10.2 mi.)

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