Looking for a bit of grandeur along the Connecticut River? The location is elementary, Gillette Castle State Park constructed in 1919, actor William Hooker Gillette built his home to look like a medieval castle.
The actor and playwright, earned much of his wealth playing the role of Sherlock Homes.
The 24-room Gillette mansion sits on a 184 acre estate in East Haddam on top of a mountain known as the Sixth Sister. Built from local field stone, the inside of the castle features hand carved southern white oak mantels and intercite steel work on its 40 doors.
Outside the castle are hiking trails that run under trestles and through a tunnel overlooking the Connecticut River.
The castle was fully renovated from 1999-2002, complete with a new visitor's center.
Visitors can get a view of the castle from the river by using the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, with its landing at the end of the hiking trails.
The Castle: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Day through Columbus Day.Grounds: 8 a.m. to sunset
Age 18 and Over: $5
Ages 6-17: $3
Ages 5 and under: Free
I-91 to Wethersfield Exit 26, (Old Wethersfield), Left at end of exit, left at stop sign. Follow Marsh St. 1/2 mile to village center.
Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and hiking trails. Pets are not allowed in buildings or the walkway leading to the castle.
Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
- JIM WELCHCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times