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Hammond Castle is preparing for their Halloween fundraiser "Castle of Madness"

Hi Joey,

Hammond Castle is preparing for their Halloween fundraiser “Castle of Madness” and they’re looking for volunteers, high school and above, for cast and crew. There are six evening performances: Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 & Nov. 1 & 2.

There’s an organizational meeting for interested volunteers this Thursday, September 26, 7PM, at Hammond Castle. There’s a few paid positions available as well. Working on the “Castle of Madness” is a blast, and attending it is wicked scary fun!

Thanks for posting this, Joey… I’ll send along updates & pics along the way.

Linn Parisi

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Hammond Castle

Hi Joey,  we sure enjoyed meeting you a few mornings ago and are enjoying the sights and sounds of Glosta/Cape Ann.  Even though Hammond Castle is closed for the season (except for Haunted Nights), I poked around and caught this pic of autumn leaves framing a back window.  Just a little something different.
Cheers, Sharon St Clair-King and Chuck King.

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Walking around the Hammond Castle

John Hays Hammond, Jr. built his medieval-style castle between the years 1926
and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of
Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. The castle was constructed as a
wedding present for his wife Irene Fenton Hammond to prove how much he cared for
her.   In addition, the building housed the Hammond Research Corporation, from
which Dr. Hammond produced over 400 patents and the ideas for over 800
inventions.  Second only to Thomas Alva Edison in number of patents, John
Hammond was one of America’s premier inventors.  His most important work was the
development of remote control via radio waves, which earned him the title, “The
Father of Remote Control.”

 

Hammond Castle

This place is such a jewel in our great city.  Here is a little information on the Hammond Castle.   Hammond Castle is located on the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The castle, which was constructed between 1926 and 1929, was the home and laboratory of John Hays Hammond, Jr. Mr. Hammond was an inventor who was a pioneer in remote control and held over four hundred patents. The building is a collection of 15th, 16th, and 18th century architectural elements and sits on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  At present, the castle operates as the Hammond Castle Museum, with Hammond’s collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts, and exhibits about his life and inventions. Tours are self-guided, and visitors may explore the eight chambers, an elaborate courtyard, two towers and an elaborate ballroom.

Hammond Castle Archway

March 27, 2012 Archway

What a view

March 27, 2012 Hammond Castle

Vampires at Hammond Castle

Hi Joey,

I haven’t seen any press on this, so I thought you might want to let people know that the new residents of Hammond Castle are looking to have guests for dinner — literally!  The Castle is open this weekend and next for a bloody good time!

Just a note to those who go – parking seems to be an issue, so for everyone’s safety please park at Stage Fort Park (Free!) and take the free shuttle to the castle.

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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View of the Atlantic Ocean and Norman’s Woe Island from the Portico of Hammond Castle From Papa Dunes

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Papa Dunes Writes-

Located on Hesperus Ave. in Gloucester, MA, Hammond Castle is a Medieval Castle open to the public.

The history of uninhabited Norman’s Woe is the history of its many shipwrecks. One noted shipwreck was of the “Rebecca Ann” in March, 1823. In a snowstorm, all ten crewmembers were swept out to sea, and one survived by holding on to a rock in the water. Perhaps the most famous shipwreck at Norman’s Woe was of the schooner “Favorite” out of Wiscasset, Maine, in December 1839. Twenty bodies washed ashore, among them that of an older woman lashed to a piece of the ship. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took that story and named the ship “Hesperus” after a wreck near Boston in creating the legend of “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” the most famous “shipwreck” associated with Norman’s Woe.

Check out The Rest of Papa Dunes Beautiful Photography here

Helicopter Over Cape Ann Pictures From Chris Roenker Part II

Beth Roenker writes-

Joey, attached are some pictures Chris Roenker of Rockport took on Thursday from a helicopter piloted by Dan Zimmermann also of Rockport.  They flew around Cape Ann and got some really great shots.  Thought you might want to share them.  Love the blog!  Beth

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15 – Pigeon Cove Harbor

16  Rockport Harbor

15 – Pigeon Cove Harbor

21  Thatcher Island

22  Loblolly Cove

23 Cape Hedge and Long Beaches

24 Good Harbor Beach

25 Gloucester Harbor

27 Hammond Castle

29 is just pretty

Hammond hosts ‘Castle of the Damned’

Around the Cape- Gloucester Daily Times
Gail McCarthy

New England’s most terrifying Halloween event is back for its 11th year. For two “fear-filled” weekends “Castle of the Damned” will take place at Hammond Castle.

The castle once again serves as the “atmospheric backdrop” for a unique Halloween attraction in New England. Guests take a guided tour through the historic castle and its grounds, and bear witness to nightmarish displays inspired by the works of author H.P. Lovecraft, Italian horror maestro Dario Argento, and Pastimes’ own Dean Calusdian, director of the independent horror film “Tortured Hearts.”

David and Paul Stickney of Pastimes Entertainment designed this year’s castle, which eschews typical haunted house fare for bizarre images to haunt those who brave to enter. “There are no people in sheets jumping out and yelling ‘Boo!’ ” Dean said. “We want people to be afraid to go to sleep for the rest of their lives.”

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