Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gillette Castle and Fort Trumbull

25 June 2011
Hartford is a home to many artists. This weekend we visited Gillette Castle State Park. The castle was originally a private residence commissioned and designed by William Gillette, an American actor who is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage.

This was the guy who was neighbor to Mark Twain, who spends his 8 years of life on boat because he loved staying on boat, who didn’t remarry after early demise of his lovely wife. Who built the castle but never referred it as a castle, who built the private rail road and whose passengers were Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin etc?

How can somebody think of owning a private rail road? That is so amazing. Everything in his house is made up of wood, e.g. latches, locks, electric switches.

There are a number of oddities in the castle personally designed by Gillette, such as unusual doorknobs and locks, and a system of hidden mirrors for surveillance of the public rooms from the master bedroom.

It’s a really beautiful place.
The next place we visited is Fort Trumbull. This is the fort which served the country from civil war.

I have uploaded few photos with this post, hope you will like it.
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