The monument is twenty feet away and is in a space where the grass is short compared to the rest of the area. Up close the large stone has a plaque with a paragraph in tribute to some guy and has his face ingraved on it. The man is bald with a Y tatoo below his left eye. You begin to read:
Captain Irving Silverous, known as the Yawningman of Castle Hill, a famous musician, could put anyone to sleep with his flute. While on the roof of his castle fort, he thwarted 16 consecutive attacks from the Ohio 21st, 64th, and 33rd Regiments but no clear account is recorded of what happened to the bodies of the fallen.
Ft. Castle Hill was laid under siege in Fall of 1864 and later fell in the Winter of that year. The foundation underneath of the building was apparently hollowed out: after much battering the ground gave way and Yawningman’s castle was swallowed up.
Follow the trail to see the remains of Castle Hill.
The trail is hardly visible; grass has taken over though it may have once been six feet across and easy to follow. Despite the Park’s apparent attempt to forget the trail that leads to Castle Hill, a trail can still be made out, like a slightly darkened path of grass. The hidden path leads straight to your left and disappears over the next hill.
You look more closely at the woods behind the monument: the trees are close together as if hiding something….
**This is the crossroads where paths are woven,
Now is the place of a road newly chosen. **
*Explore the Close-knit Woods
*Explore the Path to Castle Hill
*Go back Up the Trail