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Hammond Castle

September 2, 2013
Hammond Castle as seen from the water

Hammond Castle as seen from the water

History Overlooking The Sea

The medieval-style Hammond Castle, located at 80 Hesperus Avenue in Gloucester, Massachusetts, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The castle, which was constructed between 1926 and 1929, was the home and laboratory of John Hays Hammond, Jr. whose most important work was the development of remote control via radio waves, earning him the title, “The Father of Remote Control.” Quite the inventor, Dr. Hammond produced over 400 patents and the ideas for over 800 inventions during his lifetime.

Now A Museum

At present, the castle operates as the Hammond Castle Museum, featuring Hammond’s collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts, and exhibits about his life and inventions.

As mentioned on the museum’s website: “Visitors to Hammond Castle Museum are welcome to explore the castle on a self-guided tour of many rooms (map supplied) including the great hall, indoor courtyard, Renaissance dining room, two guest bedrooms, the inventions exhibit room, the library, the War room, the kitchens, the Natalie Hays Hammond exhibit room, servants quarters, as well as several smaller rooms and passageways including a secret passageway.”

Stroll The Grounds

While the interior of the castle is certainly quite fascinating, visitors may also enjoy the beauty of the castle grounds with a stroll through the gardens or simply relaxing on a bench and taking in the ocean view.

Its Role Today

Today Hammond Castle serves many functions. In addition to it being a museum, the castle is also used for Special Events, Educational Tours, and Private Rentals such as weddings and other private functions.

Haunted House

For the past 25 years, the castle has run a special Halloween-themed haunted house every October drawing thousands of visitors each year. With such a grand setting, it’s easy to see why the event is so popular!

Take A Look Inside!

If I’ve piqued your interest and you’d like to take a peek inside of Hammond Castle right now, here’s an interesting video I found on YouTube that will allow you to do just that. Enjoy!

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 70-200 mm, Nikon TC-17 E II 1.7x
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 340 mm, f/5.0, 1/1000 sec.

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