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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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vermont
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
11 helpful votes 11 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you are in the area, definitely visit this place! The owner/builder was very thoughtful when laying out the place. There are lots of neat secrets and hideaways. There are free tours on the hour. I highly recommend taking the tour as they offer a lot of insights to the castle. Without the tour, it would have just been a... More

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Re-tracing old places to show friends around Cape Ann. Hammond Castle is a worthwhile stop to peer into the past of and a little insight into a well known local figure. My last visit was in the 70's to attend an organ concert in the Great Hall - wonderful but a little sad to now know those concerts are no... More

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Chester, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A faux castle (they call it medieval, but how can you?) Medieval style, standing in the middle of the Mass countryside. That's bound to get locals and visitors interested. However if you have even been to a real attraction of this sort, you will see right through the movie set folly of a man with a little too much money... More

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