Renaissance Festival founder dies

  • Larry Budd
  • Staff Writer
3:18 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 Warren County
Peter Carroll, founder of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, allowed the local police department to move into a building on the festival property in 2007. The department later moved back into the village. The building sits at the entrance to the Renaissance Festive site. FILE

Peter J. Carroll, 89, founder of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, died on Sunday, Jan. 29, in Indian Hill, north of Cincinnati.

Carroll and a partner developed the Georgia Renaissance Festival which opened in 1986 and is now in its 32nd year.

In 1988 Carroll sold his interest in the Georgia Festival and purchased 190 acres in Harveysburg, Warren County. There he established the Ohio Renaissance Festival, now in its 28th year. In 2014 he sold the festival and real estate and retired to his home in Indian Hill.

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Carroll will be cremated at a private family service at sea off Florida.

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