|Hammond Castle, Gloucester, Mass.|
(Photo: Lylah M. Alphonse)
This royal outing was so much fun that I shared it with my readers of the Boston Globe's "Bring the Family" column today. You can read the article at Boston.com, but these pictures also tell a good part of the story:
The cavernous Great Hall looks fit for a king’s court; a 1,000-pipe organ sits at one end, and colorful banners hang from the walls.
In the Great Hall, alcoves hung with heavy red curtains are filled with what my 4-year-old son insisted must be “dragon’s treasure.’’
The Great Hall opens out into a sunny courtyard with a reflecting pool in the center. The interior walls of the courtyard are made out of facades found during the Hammonds’ travels through Europe
A Renaissance-style dining room holds a narrow table, colorful floor tiles, and plenty of artifacts from the Hammonds' collection.
Narrow, winding stairs snake up the towers; climb them (single file) and you’ll find artfully gloomy dungeon rooms, paintings and prints of knights and princesses, and a medieval chapel complete with altar and religious paintings.
This is what you see when you walk from the parking lot to the gift shop, where the tickets are sold.
|(All photos by Lylah M. Alphonse)|
Read more about Hammond Castle at "A Medieval Outing Fit For A King," on Boston.com.