A Little Castle By the Sea
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
If I were to ask you who comes to mind when I ask you to name a famous inventor, who would you name? Thomas Edison? Benjamin Franklin? Alexander Graham Bell? How about John Hays Hammond? Ever heard of him? Second only to Thomas Edison in his number of patents, Dr. Hammond produced over 400 patents and the ideas for over 800
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." Betcha didn't know that!!! While Hammond was clearly intelligent and accomplished, what I believe is his most impressive accomplishment is his design and construction of Hammond Castle.
|Skull of Crewman of Christopher Columbus|
One of my favorite features of the castle is the pool which is in the indoor courtyard. The pool was modeled after a Roman impluvium pool which would have been used as a foot bath in a wealthy Roman home. With the movement on one lever, this pool and it's 30,000 gallons of fresh water could be changed into sea water. That isn't the only cool thing about this pool......Read framed description below.
|Sitting Room off of the Great Hall|
|Bedroom window overlooking the Courtyard Pool|
Hammond Castle is a must-see if you are ever in or near Gloucester, MA. Whether you are roaming around the massive interior of the castle, or exploring the grounds which includes the cat yard, Hammond's grave site or the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, you'll be transported to a different time and place. Hard to believe the admission to this treasure is only $10 a person. In researching Hammond Castle, I came across a fabulous video which features many rooms of the castle and a wonderful narration about Hammond, his accomplishments and his collection. Please take seven minutes to watch it. The link to the video is at the bottom of this post. You won't be disappointed and I'm pretty confident Hammond Castle will be added to your bucket list. Don't forget to click on a picture to be taken to a slideshow format and use the links at the end of this post for further information.
|John Hays Hammond's grave (after it was moved from adjoining property in 2008.|
|Just one of the many gargoyles found throughout the castle interior and exterior.|
|Hammond's Organ - pipes rise 8 stories high!|
|Great Hall - Doors at the end lead to the Courtyard.|
|This passage leads from one side of the courtyard to the other on the second floor.|
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