GILLETTE CASTLE


A Brief History: The Gillette Castle is located at 67 River Road, East Haddam Connecticut. This picturesque abode looks like a medieval fortress. The 184-acre estate is set on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River. Originally, it was called the “Seventh Sister” due to it being built on one of seven hills known as the Seven Sisters. Inside the sprawling castle you will find built-in couches, a table track way and one of a kind wood carvings. It was home to none other than the great William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Gillette designed his house with intricately carved locks and wood doors. It took 5 years between 1914 and 1919 to build the Castle. He lived at this estate from 1919–1937 and then the estate was purchased by the state of Connecticut in 1943 for $5,000.


Haunted History: William Gillette died in 1937. His presence has been felt, and people have sighted a flickering, translucent apparition of the man on the castle grounds. The castle is open for tours and many visitors have mentioned having feelings of “something there”.