Of course he was wealthy and he built this place in the 1920's for about $500,000. That's pretty big bucks in the 20's. The property, though large, wasn't as large as many of the properties I saw when I visited the Mansions of Newport Rhode Island. It is hidden from the road by trees.
This is the view of the ocean from what is the front of the castle.
You could never get far enough away to get a full shot of the castle. I tried to take two or three shots so I could stitch them together but none of them worked out.
The above is a wood carving from the 15th century.
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I will post part two of my visit to Gloucester on a second entry shortly after I publish this one. There is something therapeutic about being by water especially the ocean. The weather here for the last week has been beautiful and yesterday was no exception. It was about 80 degrees with a wonderful ocean breeze. After we left the castle we drove up the road about 2 miles and found ourselves at the Fishermans Monument that pays tribute to all the fishermen who lost their lives while performing a dangerous job. It's all part of the fabric and history of New England. More on that in the next entry.
John Hays Hammond was an eccentric, wealthy genius who contributed much to America. He built a castle because he could. I'm glad I got to go there on such a beautiful day. I don't want to think about what it would have been like inside if it was 95 and humid and it must be a bitch to heat in the winter. By the way it's closed during the winter. Now I have to get to work on part two of my little trip to Gloucester.
I'm outta here, for now.