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This was a fun diversion, but not a must-go place if you have young kids. The castle makes a great back drop only from a few angles (I think the best is by the lawn). Inside is a short step back in history. But the...More
Who would have thought a visit to a Connecticut state park and castle would reveal a connection to Arthur Connan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and even Albert Einstein!
The Gilette Castle in the Gilette State Park bear East Haddam, CT is a highlight of the area....More
It looks like a medieval castle on the hill overlooking Connecticut River. Easily accessible by car, by ferry (Chester HadLyme ferry) or Essex Steam Train (3/8 mile hike to ferry). The castle open only from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Built by William Gillette in...More
Although we visited many eayrs ago with our children, we were happy to return when we were in the area. This is a wonderful "castle" built by the actor William Gillette who gave so much to our image of Sherlock Holmes by portraying him on...More
We have never heard William Gillette (like many others) so was unsure what to expect here but we were quite blown away by this mock castle. The attention to detail is quite outstanding and each room deserves careful viewing. The self guided tour is one...More
Learn the history of the man who made Sherlock Holmes a theatrical success. A renegade actor who went against his father's dream of having him enter law and politics, who became a national figure on the stage with his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, built this...More
william gillette is best known for his portrayal of sherlock holmes in the american theater, although he was in many other stage performances. the castle he built in east haddam, ct. must be seen. over a span of 5 years, using more stone and wood...More
A wonderful place to visit. It is inexpensive and a great look at the life and legacy of William Gillette. Gillette is really the actor that brought Sherlock Holmes to the mainstream in theater. A great look at a time gone by; a time before...More
We had never heard of Gillette before visiting this home, but we will never forget him. His life and his home were so intriguing. The collection of personal letters was my favorite part. Getting a glimpse of his humor, his mastery of the English language,...More
We had no idea who William Gillette was or the history of his castle. It turns out that he was the Tom Hanks of his era, made Sherlock Holmes famous, lived a very fascinating life and built this very large and interesting house that is...More