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Winnekenni Castle, Haverhill
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Winnekenni Castle is located in the over 700-acre Winnekenni Park Conservation Area, overlooking Kenoza Lake, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Inspired by stone buildings he saw while visiting England, Haverhill chemist Dr. James R. Nichols built it between 1873 and 1875 as a summer home, and he named it and the surrounding land "Winnekenni," an Algonquin word meaning "very beautiful." It is one of the earliest works of Haverhill architect C. Willis Damon. The city of Haverhill purchased the castle in 1895, and in 1976, the city acquired 50.8 acres of conservation land between the Castle and Lake Saltonstall. The Castle's elaborate Victorian interior was destroyed by a fire in 1967, which led to the foundation of the Winnekenni Foundation by a group of citizens. Today, the foundation is responsible for the upkeep of the castle and the surrounding land and trails. With the help of students and faculty from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, they were able to complete a refurbishing and remodeling of the building.
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  • Impressive building but not so much on the inside. Great for a walk up the hill, walking near the lake and enjoying lunch on a warm day. 
  • I have been going to this park for years. but today on a lovely Sunday afternoon I went with my little dog and 2 loose dogs came charging right up to me. no owner in sight. I screamed "get away" over ...  more »
  • If you do the entire loop around the lake, it takes 4 1/2 miles or so. It is beautiful and at times uphill and provides enough resistance to make you sweat! This is by far a gem in the city! 
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  • I went to see 'Women in Jazz'. The acoustics at the castleare very good. The band was excellant. The only downfall was it's very small as far as the main room.
  • Beautiful castle - had our engagement pictures done here.
  • Very nice walk with the dog... We'll be back soon.
  • Quite a beautiful scenic area in Haverhill. Offers a variety of trails which you can hike, walk, run and bike. I visit often with my wife and friends. Also has a tennis court and play ground. The castle has a picnic area where many weddings are hosted. If you are in Haverhill, visit the castle!!!
  • Amazing location with great hiking trails and a quiet break from life.