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State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Enviromental Protection - Gillette Castle Events 2015
 
 
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HOLIDAY HOURS 2015

The Castle will be open Saturdays and Sundays from November 28 through December 20, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. 
Tickets are sold until 3:30 p.m.  The Castle will be open weekends only, weather permitting. 
 
 “Step Back in Time for a Turn of the Century Christmas”
 
There are no fees for parking or visiting the park grounds.  A per person charge applies for Castle tours.
The gate at Gillette Castle State Park is open at 8:00 am, and closes at sunset year round.
 
Admission - Age 13 and Over:   $6. Ages 6-12:  $2. Ages 5 and under: Free
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If you have never been to Gillette Castle, then a visit anytime would be a real treat for you and your children, but to visit when it has been decorated for the holidays is just awesome!. When you combine the ultimate Victorian architecture with the decorations for that most Victorian of holidays, you achieve an effect that would put even Scrooge in the holiday spirit.
 
 
This park offers handicapped accessible:  
 Bathrooms
 Castle First Floor
 Parking
 Picnic Tables
 
 
 
Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT
 
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.
 
Atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters, William Hooker Gillette, noted actor, director, and playwright, built this one hundred and eighty-four acre estate, the Seventh Sister. The focal point of his effort was a twenty four room mansion reminiscent of a medieval castle.

Purchased by the State of Connecticut in 1943 from the executors of Mr. Gillette's will, Gillette Castle and the adjoining property with its fine woodlands, trails, and vistas are now administered for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Gillette designed the castle and most of its contents personally, periodically checking every phase of their construction. Built of local fieldstone supported by a steel framework, it took twenty men five years (1914-1919), to complete the main structure. Gillette began his semi-retirement in his new home; and in the following years, he supervised the many thousands of refinements created by local craftsmen.

The woodwork within the castle is hand-hewn southern white oak. Of the forty-seven doors within the structure, there are no two exactly the same. And each door has a handsome external latch intricately carved of wood. Even the Castle's furnishings are indications of Gillette's inspirations. The built-in couches, a movable table on tracks, and light switches of carved wood all point to his creative genius.
 
Outside on the grounds, Gillette's influence is no less in evidence. The trails often follow, over trestle and through tunnel, the actor's three mile long narrow gauge railroad. Gillette's own walking paths were constructed with near-vertical steps, stone-arch bridges, and wooded trestles spanning up to forty feet. Other outdoor attractions include a vegetable cellar, the railroad station (Grand Central), and Gillette's goldfish pond.
 
 
From I-91S:  take Exit 22.  Route 9S, Exit 7, for a bridge crossing of the Connecticut River.  Follow route 82E and park signs.

From I-95N or S:  take Exit 69.  Route 9N to Exit 6 or 7.  For the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, use Exit 6.  Follow Route 148 and park signs. The ferry operates spring through fall.
 
Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 526-2336
 
Telephone: (860) 424-3200
(866) 287-2757 (Toll Free in CT) 
Fax:  (860) 424-4070
 
 

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