on October 11, 2006
Hammond Castle Museum looks like a medieval castle but was built in the 1920s by John Hammond, an inventor, as his home and workplace. It is still furnished with his large collection of medieval artifacts. You can wander the grounds, see the beautiful garden, look out over the ocean, and browse the gift shop for free. I have done this several times--it's a good place to take visitors who want to see area sights.There's a fee to tour the castle, which I have never done. The front no-fee rooms contain some period furnishings and displays of armor. I am sure the rooms on the tour are constructed and furnished with plenty of attention to detail.The ladies' room has a wall of windows with the best view I've ever seen from a bathroom--ocean, framed perfectly by the lace curtains.The castle lends itself well to ghostly pursuits and has special events around Halloween.At the very most, you might spend 2 hours at the castle--1 hour could be plenty. So it's a good idea to combine the trip with other sightseeing. The area is beautiful; driving to the castle, you have good views of historic houses, the Massachusetts woods, and (depending on your route) the coastline. The towns of Gloucester and Rockport are both good nearby places for sightseeing. For more information about the castle, look here.
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