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Mac-O-Chee Castle

2223 OH 287, West Liberty, OH 43357

Live Onsite Auction Event

Saturday, October 19, 2019

10:30am: Live-Only Auction Antiques, Collectibles, Misc., & Late Surprises  

12:30pm: Real Estate Auction 3 Parcels offered in 2 Tracts & In Combination

3:00pm: Online-Auction End Featured Antiques, Collectibles, Lighting & More

***Real Estate Details*** 

TRACT 1: 2223 OH 287, West Liberty, OH 43357 

Mac-O-Chee Castle on 4+ Acres ~ Minimum Bid $150,000

Tract consists of 2 parcels totaling 4+ acres and includes Mac-O-Chee, a Logan County, Ohio landmark listed on the Register of Historic Places. Mac-O-Chee is a 29-Room limestone mansion completed in the late 19th Century for nationally-renowned journalist, Donn Piatt and his second wife, Ella Kirby Piatt. In an 1892 autobiography of Donn, co-published by Ella, Mac-O-Chee is described as “…a paradise…a castle fit for a king…It sits on a hillside facing south, built of native stone and fashioned in the style of a Flemish castle, with high towers, sharp-pointed gables, courts, terraces and fountains. All that nature has neglected, art has supplied in making this spot an inspiration to poets and a study for painters…” Nearly 150 years later the frescoes are faded, deferred maintenance is taking its toll and the current generation of the Piatt family to own Mac-O-Chee has made the difficult decision to sell this iconic landmark before further damage occurs and to focus resources on Mac-A-Cheek Castle (the other limestone mansion built by Donn Piatt’s brother, Abram), where they intend to continue their mission of public education by expanding exhibit and program offerings. The frescoes may be faded, but Mac-O-Chee still proudly “sits on a hillside facing south” and remains “an inspiration to poets and a study for painters.” Alternative uses for this unique and historically rich home are unlimited. The next chapter is going to be written beginning this fall and you could be the author!

TRACT 2: 2319 OH 287, West Liberty, OH 43357  ~ 4BR Farmhouse on 4+ Acres

(See Separate Listing on this Site for Details and Photos of Tract 2) 

TRACT 3: COMBINATION of Tracts 1 & 2    

Minimum Bid $300,000

Bidding is available on Tracts 1 & 2 individually and in combination. Property will sell in the manner garnering the highest sales price. Purchasing both buildings with the entire 8+ acres creates additional opportunities for live/work or onsite caretaker/manager depending on your planned utilization of Mac-O-Chee.

INSPECTION TOURS: Auction staff will be onsite with both homes fully accessible for bidder inspection on Saturday, September 28th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. On Friday, October 18th from 11:00am to 4:00pm both homes will be open for inspection, all featured antiques selling online will be available for viewing and auction staff will be staging items scheduled for live auction. All are invited to the join Piatt Family and auction staff for hot dogs over the campfire after this inspection. Surprises are planned for this Auction Eve event!

Note: The farmhouse will ONLY be available for inspection during the times listed above and NO PRIVATE SHOWINGS will be allowed.  However,  Mac-O-Chee Castle remains open for tours one final season! Times, days and details can be found at PiattCastles.org. While touring, you can preview some of the Featured Antiques & Collectibles slated for the online  auction at BidNowLLC.com. 

Tim Lile, CAI ~ Auctioneer (937)689-1846


Disclaimer:  Information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed reliable. However, neither Ohio Real Estate Auctions, LLC, Auctioneers, nor their agents will be responsible for any errors or omissions regarding information provided by same. Announcements made at the auction will take precedence over written material or any other statements made prior to the auction. Buyers should carefully verify all information and make their own decision as to the accuracy thereof before relying on same.



Lot Size: 4 - 8 Acres

Annual Taxes: $ 3,878

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Tim Lile
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W: 937-689-1846
F: 1(877)772-4217


Ron Denney
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W: 937-572-4468

Basic Terms:

Auction will be conducted live with online bidding available. Property sells As-Is with no contingencies for financing, inspections or otherwise. All desired inspections must be completed prior to auction. 10% Buyer's Premium will be added to winning bid(s) to establish final contract selling price(s). Short tax proration. Buyer(s) pays all closing costs. No personal property is included in the sale of real estate. Further, some items affixed to the structure of Mac-O-Chee including certain light fixtures; wall sconces, etc., will NOT be included in the sale of real estate. These items will be clearly marked and available for purchase via the online-only auction of featured antiques & collectibles at BidNowLLC.com ending at 3:00pm.

Piatt Castles, Inc., shall retain all historical documentation and photographs of subject property on hand at the time of auction as well as the right to use same for educational, promotional or any other purpose their historic preservation endeavors and the ongoing operation of Mac-A-Cheek.

Bid Increment: for this auction is $100.
Max Bid: When you place a bid, you can place a "Max Bid" and the system will bid for you in $100 increments up to your maximum bid. You will be notified by email if your maximum is out-bid.
Bid Extensions: If a bid is received within the last 5 minutes prior to the stated Auction End Time, bidding will extend for an additional 5-minute period of time. Bid extensions will continue until a 5-minute period of time elapses after the stated Auction End Time with no advancing bids placed.    

Deposit and Closing:

Successful bidder(s) required to place a non-refundable deposit equal to 10% of the final contract selling price(s) at the conclusion of the auction. Close on or before November 19, 2019 through M & M Title.

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