Would you just look at this?  From a skull of one of Christopher Columbus' crewmen to stunning bluff views of the Atlantic nestled in Gloucester, it's definitely a picture-worthy adventure.

From seaside concerts and self-guided tours to private events and renting out this castle for parties, the Hammond Castle, now a museum, was once the home to an eccentric inventor named John Hays Hammond Jr., a protege of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison according to the History of Massachusetts website.

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Since he was an eccentric that traveled the world when he wasn't buried in his laboratory, that explains the skull as part of his collection.  You can also see Hammond's bevy of Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance artifacts and the lab that resulted in more than 400 patents.  He was known as the "Father of Radio Control” according to the History of Massachusetts website, because of his groundbreaking work with radio waves.

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The castle also has what every self-respecting castle must: a drawbridge, several towers, a great hall, a library, and a courtyard both inside and outside of the castle.  And, since the tours are self-guided, you can roam inside through the massive rooms and inner sanctum as well as stroll the pathways, archways, and massive grounds sitting high upon a rocky cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Simply stunning and historic.

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Mr. Hammond considered his castle primarily a home to be lived in. His cats scratched the collection of Spanish leather dining room chairs, the salt air has damaged his late Gothic tapestries, and the dankness of the stone castle has taken a toll on his collection of sheet music. It was a living museum. He lived here. He sat on the furniture.

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Click here for more info on visiting hours and events, and enjoy this incredible step back in time.

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