Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gillette Castle State Park

Charles Frohman presents William Gillette in h...
Charles Frohman presents William Gillette in his new four act drama, Sherlock Holmes (LOC var.1364) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We visited Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT. 

The castle was the home of William Gillette, a famous film and stage actor during the era of silent film. He was particularly known for his role as Sherlock Holmes. William Gillette was also a stage manager and set designer and used his knowledge in designing his retirement home which is set high on a hill above the Connecticut River overlooking an historic ferry.

What we saw of the grounds were beautiful. I wish we had more time during our visit to explore the trails and the surrounding countryside.

Approach to castle 
Seating in great room
Dining room and greenhouse
Great Room from upstairs
Riverside facade
Beautiful landscaping
On the riverside terrace

View of historic ferry from castle
Connecticut River from Castle
Front entrance
Picnic area
Pond and trails
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