Scenic USA - Connecticut

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Gillette Castle

Gillette Castle - Connecticut

Photo by Terri Prepelka

     William Gillette's dream home turned out to be a large fieldstone castle. The 24 room mansion, completed in 1919, was Gillette's semi retirement home, as he continued to work well past typical retirement age, until age 82. Located in the Seven Sisters Mountains, the castle overlooks the Connecticut River, near the town of East Haddam.
     William H. Gillette became interested in stage at a young age and continued on to become an actor, director, playwright and novelist. He was best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and of course his home, Gillette Castle.
     The 184 acre estate, purchased in 1943, is operated by the State of Connecticut. Gillete's last wish directed that the estate wasn't to be conveyed to some blithering saphead. Today, the castle is in excellent condition, and tours of the marvelous interior are available to the public.


 

 

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