Hammond Castle, lies within nearness of the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The stunning view of the castle is rather quizzical with her strange lines, seemingly thwarting , that arise, jut and flow. She seems to call, out to one, in her mystical way, to come and know, that of me. When you observe of her, from the water you find one of the greatest views.
My journey began from the first observation of the castle many months ago. I was on a boat heading out into the Atlantic Ocean., taking pictures. When I got home I was sorting the pictures and found for me it was as if retrieving a great read, from the library shelf. The book was within of my hands and I lifted the cover to ascertain of what was calling to that of me with such mystery. My journey to return to find of what the castle contained was as well of a great distance.
My first foray was to spend time on the grounds absorbing the feel of what surrounded the castle. I allowed the time to ebb and flow by with slowness to walk and really be present. This, Gothic Revival Castle, built in the lateness of the 1920’s , has a lot to take notice of just on the exterior of the property. The architecture of the exterior of the castle is rather illuminating. the next day my next venture was to walk within of the castle walls. I took my time again absorbing, paying attention to the details and again being present along with photographing what pulled at me. For me, this was an experience of overwhelming to take in all of the things that your eyes shall graze and light upon.
The castle was designed as a wedding gift for the wife of John Hammond Jr. The couple, moved into the finished castle in 1929. John Hammond Jr., was an eclectic collector of antiquities that where from Europe. His collection inside of the castle will pull at your imagination. He enjoyed the architecture of the castles he observed in England and included many of the features from different ones within the frame work of, “Abbadin Mare”, Hammond Castle.
The castle’s interior has rooms to roam from a drawbridge at the front door with an entry hall, ahead one shall find steps that swirl to lead you up into the tower. In the tower one shall find the first floor with a, “dungeon”( Complete with a skeleton ), the second floor the “Amor Room “ and the third floor the “Chapel”.
Coming back down the stairs that twist and turn you shall find your way back to the, “ Entry Hall”. The “Entry Hall”, leads you to the “Great Hall.” The great Hall is amazing with banners hanging from the ceiling to a wonderful piano that Gershwin played upon. Found upon the high wall, as well you will observe the stained glass work at the high ceiling as well as the view from the side chapel out to the exterior of the castle walls, with a view of the sea
Within of the “Great Hall”, is also a pipe organ that John Hammond Jr. invented with the pipes reaching the entire height of the castles’ tower. In the Great Hall, John Hammond Jr., entertained many of the famous on the list of, “who’s, Who” , during his life time residence of the castle.
Upon leaving the Great Hall one can go either of two directions, out to the courtyard or over to the dinning room or down to the living room, to the kitchen or the War Room. These areas were for the most part the residential rooms for the Hammonds. From the the courtyard you can find your way to the Medieval bedroom or American bedroom followed by the Hammond Room and John Hammonds, Inventions Room. In the center courtyard that resembles a small village area, is the pool that is rather beautiful and was a favorite place for a well known actress whom was a frequent guest.
The actual areas that John Hammond worked within for creating his inventions is a wing of the castle that at the top has a small gallery and gift shop for visitors. The actual lab area is not for the visitor to see at all.
The castle does have it’s secretes but you have to venture there to find them. As well there is another post with the castle grounds contained here within of my blog.
Have the greatest of day and thank you for stepping into my journey,
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