Six Castles You Need To Visit In New England

By Dustin Ek
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Boston Magazine has published their list of six New England castles you to visit.

  1.  Gillette Castle – East Haddam, CT – It took 20 men five years to finish William Hooker Gillette’s castle, a craggy, mottled masterpiece constructed with local fieldstone.
  2. Hammond Castle Gloucester, MA – It has classic-looking drawbridges and a balcony overlooking the Atlantic. There are also a few odd features added by Hammond, like one inner courtyard that serves as a personal rainforest.
  3. Harry Barber’s Miniature Castles – Chittenden, VT – Harry Barber was a Swiss native who moved to South Hero, Vermont, after coming into some wealth. He missed the castles of his homeland so much he decided to build a few himself.
  4.  Winnekenni Castle – Haverhill, MA – The Massachusetts castle was finished in 1875 and built of boulders and rocks, which give the walls a multi-colored patchwork quality.
  5. Castle Tucker – Wiscasset, ME – Make your way through the handsome rooms to the upper piazza, with expansive views of the town.
  6.  The West Paris Public Library – West Paris, ME – The building is not technically a castle, but it makes for a quaint stand-in.

If you want to take a step back in time, check out these local New England castles for a fun historical day trip.

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Source: The Boston Magazine, author Jules Struck

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