April 2021

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Just south of Lake Macatawa, near the Lake Michigan shoreline, stands a 127-year-old brick castle. The Castle was constructed in 1894 by German immigrant, Michael Schwarz. It was originally built to be the Schwarz family home. When the family moved to the town of Holland, the castle was left empty for over a year. 

In 1896, Dr. John Parr purchased it, along with 40 acres of surrounding lands. The castle then became a summer camp for Chicago prep school students. The foundation for the Castle Park community began when parents began building homes surrounding the beautiful, rolling wooded hills. In 1917, Dr. Parr handed over the castle’s daily duties to his nephew, Carter Brown, who ran the organization until 1960. Then, the camp and castle were

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