The former castle home of actor William Gillette enchants visitors to Gillette Castle State Park. Gillette was born in Hartford in 1853. The rather eccentric Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, first spotted the location where he would build his castle on a boat trip up the Connecticut River in 1912. Gillette Castle, built at a cost of about $1 million and completed in 1919, features a number of peculiarities including hidden mirrors, a lock-protected bar and intricate, hand-carved door latches on each of the castle’s 47 doors: No two are alike. Come for a tour and get lost in the enchanting castle grounds. This castle will mesmerize you with its intricate details and hidden doorways. Bring the whole family and come see one of CT’s best kept secrets.
Gillette Castle | 67 River Road East Haddam, CT 06423 | (860) 526-2336 | Click here for website