Chateau Laroche was built as a reminder of the simple strength and rugged grandeur of the mighty men who lived when Knighthood reigned. A man named Sir Harry Andrews built this castle all by himself. He served as a medic in World War I, contracted spinal meningitis, and was declared dead. By the time he was declared undead, six months later, his fiancé had married another man. Harry seemed not to mind: he stayed in Europe, visiting castles. After some time Harry returned to Ohio, worked for a local newspaper, and taught a Sunday school class of boys. He bought some land along the Little Miami River so that his young friends could camp, fish, boat, and swim. He started calling his group the Knights of the Golden Trail and vowed to build them a castle. That was in 1929, and Harry was still building it when those young boys were grandfathers. Harry died in 1981, at the age of 91 after being caught on fire on the roof. The ownership of the castle passed to the Knights, who live there to this day. Every castle has it’s ghost stories, these are a few. Recently a girl sat on the bed making fun of the ghosts and received an electric shock. After midnight this ghost wanders around playing tricks, pounding on doors and ringing the doorbell. A transparent egg shaped ghost was seen in the same area outside on numerous occasions. An apparition of a girl in a long dress walked on the water from across the river. A women in a flowing gown walking through the gardens has been seen by Knights and visitors many times. A Viking dressed in a long dark cloak, wearing a spiked helmet, carrying a short sword across his chest appeared by the north castle addition. The bathroom door in the ballroom slams shut, children are heard running on the second floor, and a heavy overhead light swings back and forth.
This picture was taken outside, in the front of the building. The vortex is dense at the bottom and becomes almost transparent at the top.
NOPSS Team experiences: heard running in the ballroom, saw an unexplained light move across the wall and ceiling in the chapel.