I was expecting to take us to a lavender farm in Killingworth, but when I visited there Monday afternoon I was disappointed that the property was not as picturesque as the website indicated. So, heading home, I turned into Gillette castle and was pleasantly surprised at the number of painting possibilities there. I know that if we have painted there as a group, it has been several years ago. So….GILLETTE CASTLE it is. I was fascinated with the grounds, and am anxious to have a chance to explore even more.

Following are some excerpts from comments on the web:

“Outside on the grounds, Gillette’s influence is in evidence. The trails often follow, over trestle and through tunnel, the actor’s three mile long narrow gauge railroad. Gillette’s own walking paths were constructed with near-vertical steps, stone-arch bridges, and wooded trestles spanning up to forty feet. Other outdoor attractions include a vegetable cellar, the railroad station (Grand Central), and Gillette’s goldfish pond.”

“the spectacular view of the Connecticut River is almost worth the trip alone.”

“The guided tour of this enigma castle is worth taking, the mystery of this place is worth exploring, and the view from the terrace is breathtaking, with the river in front from the top of the mountain.“

I will have the sign in table near  the walkway leaving the parking area.

Also: I’m curious about the ferry and think I might take it across for the experience. Here is information about the ferry:

Directions

In Hadlyme 
From the East Side of the Connecticut River 
Route 148 off Route 82 
Follow Signs to Ferry landing

In Chester 
From the West Side of the Connecticut River 
Route 9 South or North 
To Exit 6, Route 148 
Follow signs to Ferry landing

$6.00 Per Vehicle weekends

$2.00 Walk on Rate for Pedestrians and Bicyclist all days

Gillette Castle State Park - 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT 06423