Castlewood is magic for me. It's the place where my childhood intersects with my mother's childhood. It is summer: banging screen door, fireworks, lightning bugs, barbeque.
My grandparents club —3 stories + basement, creosote black with white trim — was tucked away at the top of East Hill Drive, a short walk through the woods from enormous cliffs that overlooked the Meramec River valley and the Missouri Pacific railroad tracks.
Let me know if you have memories or information to share about the legendary weekend playgrounds in its heyday. I'm grouping and organizing all the information I get on pages under Historic Castlewood.
From the end of Prohibition in the early 1930s till the early 1960s, a good time was had by all.
Heat. 1950s summers at the club
All Inn. How did the club get its name?
Kathleen's Castlewood (Part 1) about 1933 through the 1940s.
Kathleen's Castlewood (Part 2) about 1933 through the 1940s.
Susan's Castlewood through the 1950s
Photo: In front of the All Inn club, about 1947. From left: Kathleen Barrett (Price yet?), George Hohmann, Mary Hohmann holding movie camera, Barbara Hohmann, Curly Price.