Field Trip: Hammond Castle Museum


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We took advantage of a homeschool trip set up by the Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers (RIGHT) to visit Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, MA. I’d been wanting to visit this museum for years, and thought this would be loads of fun to do with the kids. It proved to be a real treat!

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The grounds of the castle are really stunning. The castle overlooks the harbor and it’s a great place for pictures and even a picnic or just to walk around and enjoy the gardens.

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The architecture of the castle is in the medieval style and was built between 1926 and 1929. Mr. Hammond’s history is interesting in and of itself – it seems he was quite a prolific inventor, and contributed things like the remote control to 20th century society.

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The museum holds a large collection of Roman, medieval and Renaissance artifacts. Typically, visitors take a self-guided tour, but our homeschool group got the guidance by one of the curators of the property, and he was quite entertaining, telling us lots of facts about the different rooms and what they were used for when Mr. and Mrs. Hammond occupied the building.

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One of the interesting tidbits that the curator told us was that the castle was said to be haunted. Evidently, the TAPS crew (Ghost Hunters) along with Josh Gates of Destination Truth had done a special at the castle and found some interesting evidence of paranormal activity.

Overall this was a great trip, and worth the long drive from our area in the south of Massachusetts.