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Sherlock Holmes’ Place, Gillette Castle

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East Haddam’s Gillette Castle is a sight to behold. It looks like a medieval fortress on the outside and in the inside you will see the arts and crafts period. It is rustically built of tons of field stone and on a hillside overlooking the Connecticut River. Building began in 1914 and it was was finished about five years later. It was largely designed by William Gillette and was his private residence at a cost back then of about one million dollars.

Gillette was one of the most famous silent film and stage actors of his time. Gillette, who was from Hartford and was Mark Twain’s neighbor, starred as detective Sherlock Holmes. The long sought after silent movie in which he starred was recently found in Paris and is being restored and will then be released. I think it would be a grand idea to get that film and show it in Connecticut as a fundraiser for the  state-owned castle. The state took it over from the  family in 1943. It has been restored and is a splendor for hundreds of thousands of tourists to see every year.  You will find all kinds of unusual items in the castle. There are 47 doors in the place, none of which are alike. There is a system of hidden mirrors and tables and chairs that slide on rails. The hidden gems are everywhere. Take a trip to the castle, you’ll love  it.

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http://www.silentfilm.org/homepage/whats-new/lost-and-found

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/long-lost-1916-sherlock-holmes-is-found-restored/

Gilette Castle  http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325204&deepNav_GID=1650%20