Tuesday, November 12, 2019

T Stands for Hammond Castle - Part 4

You can breathe a sigh of relief. Today, we finish up the tour of Hammond Castle.




The dining room




Butler's pantry. Food was sent to the dining room via the dumb waiter.


Water and wine goblets


Italian tile floor



Overhead in the covered courtyard, Hammond installed special piping to control the humidity. He also liked to experiment with controlling the weather. He could make it rain or make it foggy. You had to pass through the courtyard to get to the dining room. If a guest was late, Hammond would make it rain and drench the guest. 





The circular library


Acoustic ceiling was constructed so that guest could hear each other from across the library without shouting.








No medieval building would be complete without a gargoyle or two


In the distance a reef known as Norman's Woe. Made famous in the poem The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


Drawbridge and front entrance.


Hammond is buried outside his beloved home.



The bell tower. Hammond liked to have the bell rung every 15 minutes.



We ended our day with a couple of Blizzards at the Dairy Queen near Teague's house.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

40 comments:

  1. That's really a great castle. Hammond must have been a rather crazy genius! And the Wreck of the Hesperus was on or study list at school! And now I know where it is! Your ices look good, too! Happy T Day, Valerie

    ReplyDelete
  2. I've enjoyed seeing all of these photos. He sounded kind of mean, though, making it rain on guests who were late. I like the Italian tiles. I would've enjoyed being in that circular library. I like the cross in the side of the building. Great water views. Those blizzards look delicious. Happy T-Day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I don't think his practical jokes are funny. The library was a really cool room.

      Delete
  3. I have thoroughly enjoyed your tour CJ!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have really enjoyed all of these posts-so glad this was preserved-really amazing everything he thought of-and the rain on late guests-love it haha he had a genius mind for sure-and I loved his views-and the cross too I really liked
    Happy T Kathy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The place was amazing. I think the cross on the turret would have been the Archer's Window. Where a bowman could rain arrows on invaders from the ground below and be safe from return fire.

      Delete
  5. Such an amazing place, I so enjoyed visiting the castle with you! The views overlooking the sea look beautiful and I loved seeing all the stonework and gardens too ๐Ÿ˜. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a gorgeous spot. That back lawn is where weddings are held.

      Delete
  6. Sounds like he had a mean streak, but when you have unlimited funds you can indulge yourself I guess.... :-/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have a feeling not many people ever said NO to him especially while he was growing up

      Delete
  7. what a really lovely visit! Oh but to soak a poor late guest- not nice:( LOVE that circular library- I think that would be my favorite room of all! Oh no to your ice cream treat though- it made me cold just looking at it-brr. Thanks for sharing your Hammond Castle photos, and happy T day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This visit was on the first day of Fall, 9/23. We had temps that were in the mid-80s and maybe even hit 90. It was hot so the ice cream was a welcome relief ๐Ÿ˜บ

      Delete
  8. Hammond must´ve been quite a person. Huh, difficult. I´m German, hence always, as my Dad taught me "better be 10 minutes early than 5 minutes late", but I loooove rain!
    A stunning view - but bells every 15 minutes´d drive me nuts!
    Brrr, too cold for ice cream! But looks like you loved it, happy T-Day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was taught early is on time, on time is late, and late is never acceptable. I think from the nuns I had at school. It's too cold for ice cream now, but the day we visited, it was almost 90 oF (32 C) so ice cream was welcome.

      Delete
  9. I really enjoyed the in-depth look at a great place. A million years ago I attended a murder mystery dinner here-- full cast-- you didn't know who was an actor and who was a guest-- everyone was oddball. They gave us the run of the place and at one point I was hiding under the bed in the master bedroom when the killer hid his weapon. Another point found me in the winding servant stairwell chasing the guy. We ended up winning the event. A few years later we went there for a Halloween Gala, and it was the perfect setting. Highly recommended.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That must have been an awesome event! That winding staircase was pretty hairy. They were a few days away from closing for the season when we went and they were talking about getting ready for Halloween. I think I heard someone mention Halloween was sold out.

      Delete
  10. Thanks for the fascinating tour of Hammond Castle. I've only seen dumb waiters in movies. it was a very clever idea. In the house I grew up in, we had a clothes chute. We didn't have to carry dirty laundry from the second story to the basement. We just tossed it down the chute. Too bad it didn't work two ways like a dumb waiter.

    I bet Hammond's dinner guests were never late more than once.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We had a laundry chute, too! I wonder how many of Hammond's guest who were late ever went back for a second visit.

      Delete
  11. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to live in a place like that. That covered courtyard and the circular library would be easy to get used to. The view from the bell tower is priceless, and I love that he's buried on site. Cool!

    I remember when ice cream tasted so good. You know, 3 days ago when it was still during the week of Autumn we got lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They didn't mention whether his wife is buried with him. I think the guide said something about some of cats he had were buried out there with him.

      Delete
  12. This was an amazing tour. I wish I'd been able to see more of the butler's pantry. I had a butler's pantry that was narrow. It held my refrigerator/freezer on one side and had lots of cabinets like those in Hammond's pantry on the other. That tiny glimpse was just enough to whet my appetite. Mine was between the kitchen and the dining room, though, so no need for a dumb waiter. There were definitely some beautiful glassware and a lovely teapot, too.

    I loved that circular library. It was probably in one of the turrets, unless I miss my guess.

    I'm so glad you showed us Hammond's Castle and his quirky way of treating his guests when they were late to the meal.

    Looks like you ended the day with a great treat. I haven't had a Blizzard in years. Mine was larger, though. Unless the photos were deceiving, of course.

    Thanks again for taking us with you to Hammond's Castle. Believe me, I could NEVER get tired of this place. Thanks, too for sharing the teapot, the glassware, and your Blizzard for T this Tuesday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup, I'm sure the library was in one of the turrets. The butler's pantry was roped off so you couldn't really go in and take pictures. And yes, we got a small Blizzard because we were still pretty full from lunch

      Delete
  13. Okay, every fifteen minutes seems a bit excessive for bell ringing:) LOVE that library.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's what you get when you let an eccentric genius build a castle. ๐Ÿ˜บ

      Delete
  14. Lovely photos again of the inside of the castle and the amazing views.
    I’ve never had a blizzard, well I’ve never heard of them either, ha,ha, but they look delicious
    Happy T Day, Jan x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A Blizzard is a Dairy Queen concoction of ice cream whipped with candy bits and chocolate sauce or caramel sauce. I had Heath bar (chocolate toffee) bits and chocolate sauce in mine.

      Delete
  15. I enjoyed all these visits to Hammond Castle. It is a fascinating place and not often you can visit a castle in Massachusetts. Especially such a cool place. Thanks again for sharing, and I hope it was a super T day. Hugs-erika

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a lovely T Day though I could have done without the snow flurries ๐Ÿ˜บ

      Delete
  16. It really was a lovely castle to visit, I have enjoyed seeing your photos.
    Happy T day wishes a day late.
    Yvonne xx

    ReplyDelete
  17. wow great pics and my favorite to see is the butler's pantry and dumb waiter... Such an interesting castle - glad you took lots of pics.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was afraid people would complain because I took so many pictures

      Delete
  18. What a great visit this was. Thank you so much. No sigh of relief. I loved it. Hammond must have been quite a joker. I actually like the idea of drenching late guests. I was brought up to be on time and I still like to be punctual in spite of having lived in latin countries (In Spain and Italy nobody is on time) most of my life.
    The library is amazing. Well all of it is really.
    I didn't know what a Blizzard was but in the comments I read your description. Yumm.
    Sorry for being so late again. I'm never home on Tuesday and Wednesday is a very busy day, so usually I don't get to comment until Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
    Happy belated T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No worries. I'm glad you decided to drop in and spend time with me

      Delete
  19. I've enjoyed your Castle posts.
    Great pictures here, I especially like the Italian tile floor.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
  20. Looks like a great place to visit - love those Italian tiles! Belated Happy T day. Chrisx

    ReplyDelete