Columbus's landmark Schwartz Castle stands on Third Avenue in German Village, towering above the other buildings with its windowed turret. The house was built in the mid-1800's by Frederick William Schwartz, a successful German businessman who owned an apothecary shop on Main Street. He built the castle for him and his fiancee, who was still in Germany. Before they could be married, however, she sent him a Dear Frederick letter. No wedding.
After that, Schwartz got crazy, building secret passageways into his house. He gave it five stories of basement. He started doing lots of weird things. He became a vegetarian, drank only rainwater, grew his hair long, wore only wool against his skin, jogged barefoot 365 days a year, and sunbathed nude on the roof of the tower. The ladder he climbed is still visible in the tower, and it's said that you can sometimes see his ghost climbing it--there or in one of the second floor windows.
Since you said in your posting about Matthaus Ludwig "Lewis" Schwarz and Margaret Stambaugh:
"In about 1840 they came to Columbus, Ohio where they lived in what is now called German Village. Their home is still there. It is called Schwartz's Castle." how does he connect with the above mentioned William Frederick Swartz who had the house built?
Karen (Crabtree) Adams
Administrator of the Robert Fleming, Felix Stambach
and Connected Families Assoc. Website
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