Where In The World…Gillette’s Castle


Gillette's Castle by you.

Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut

The history of Gillette’s Castle can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note: I have been to Gillette’s castle. The Castle is located next to the Devil’s Hopyard. 

Devil's Hopyard by you.

The Devil’s Hopyard

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  1. What a neat place. I’d love to go to a real castle. Is it neat inside?

    The inside is really cool. He had a thing for doors and there are no 2 doors that are alike. This is from a website:
    Gillette designed the castle and most of its contents personally, periodically checking every phase of their construction. Built of local fieldstone supported by a steel framework, it took twenty men five years (1914-1919), to complete the main structure. Gillette began his semi-retirement in his new home; and in the following years, he supervised the many thousands of refinements created by local craftsmen.
    The woodwork within the castle is hand-hewn southern white oak. Of the forty-seven doors within the structure, there are no two exactly the same. And each door has a handsome external latch intricately carved of wood. Even the Castle’s furnishings are indications of Gillette’s inspirations. The built-in couches, a movable table on tracks, and light switches of carved wood all point to his creative genius.

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  2. I’ve heard of Gillette castle and might have gone there with my parents when I was a child. It rings a little bell (a very tiny bell). I’ll have to ask my sister. Though I don’t recall The Devil’s Hopyard.

    I have visited all of the mansions in Newport, R.I. Can you imagine living like that?

    There is something about mansions that just intrigues me.
    I love Devil’s Hopyard. The story about the devil hopping down the falls used to scare the crap out of me when I was a kid. I have been to Gillette’s Castle and Devil’s Hopyard at least 3 times. Once when I was about 3, once when I was 12 and the last time I went I was 16 and up to no good! 🙂

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