Gillette Castle State Park, Connecticut
One of the places I was anxious to visit again was Gillette’s Castle. Alex had never been inside which made it even more fun; it’s the kind of thing that you can’t help but to be amazed at. We skipped the history exhibits and introductory film and headed right into castle when we got there so this post will be a little light on explanation but the basics are this: William Gillette, a famous turn-of-the-century actor, had this castle built in 1914 – 1919, according to his personal specifications. He also designed the interior including the all unique woodworking details, types of locks and latches on the thirty-seven (I think) different doors, sliding rail mechanisms for chairs, and theatrical components such as the trick locking mechanism on the bar and the placement of mirrors for surveillance of guests. It’s completely unique and if you’re ever visiting the area I highly recommend going.
It’s a very popular attraction, especially in summer, and there were many people wandering about which made my photos somewhat hurried and not taken from all the ideal angles, but I’m sure these will give you an idea. I find this place incredibly interesting and I really enjoy all the details of the stonework and especially the interior woodwork in addition to the light fixtures, woven grass wallpaper, and custom furnishings. It’s just cool. The grounds too are beautiful and reflect Gillette’s aesthetic concept from the few outbuildings to the layout of the walking paths and bridges. After we toured the castle we walked around, venturing down to the river bank and over to the goldfish pond but we didn’t hike any of the actual trails since it was very hot and humid that day and Alex isn’t a fan of hiking. But we both really enjoyed the visit and the day.