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Hammond Castle

80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-7673
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Ranked #6 of 25 attractions in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles, History Museums, Art Museums
Traveler Description: Hammond castle was built by John Hays Hammond Jr. inventor of the remote control. The castle is a place to house a unique collection of medieval... more »
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were totally intrigued with Hammond Castle. Like being taken back in time and fascinating to learn about Hammond's life and inventions. Fantastic!

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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

First of all, their website suggests NOT using GPS to find this place. My husband and I did use our GPS and when we were supposedly at our location, we seemed to be in the middle of the woods. Thinking we should have taken their advise, we turned around and asked a man who was walking his dog. He told... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went on a Friday morning and caught the guided tour. It was great! Interesting man and interesting castle. Our young teenagers even had a great time.

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vermont
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The castle is pretty but it kind of expensive for what it is. It is a self guided tour around the castle. I think the best part of the tour is the center pool.

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Providence, Rhode Island
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Heard about this when we were on the whale watch. It was only a short drive away. It was very interesting and different.

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Mission Viejo, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My husband always wanted to see this place. He loves castles and pipe organs, and this is both. This place is way out of the way, but worth the drive up to see the place. Hammond had the place built for his residence. He stored all of his personal collections around him. He was an inventor, so you see his... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Make sure to read all the white papers! They give great insight into how his mind worked. It doesn't look like much of a house from the outside but the place is huge.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Why leave the U.S.A for a vacation? There are so many beautiful and interesting things to see in our country! On a mini vacation we visited Hammond castle. The views are stunning and the history is very interesting. We visited in July and would say if you have issues with the heat you may want to go in a cooler... More

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Mass. - N.J.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

While this imposing structure had all the promise of being a smaller, younger cousin to Hearst Castle, a visit inside was unsettling due to the dark, negative energy that permeated the oppressively cramped residence-turned-museum. Many if not most objets d'art and artifacts have occult and death symbolism and/or seem to have been used for occult rituals. Hammond biographer John Dandola's... More

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Hammond Castle was located on a beautiful and interesting. Very much worth the money and time to go through.

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