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Winnekenni Castle, Haverhill

#102 of 160 in Historic Sites in Massachusetts
Castle Tourist Spot
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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64 reviews
  • Nothing special about the castle except the beautiful flowers. They don't allow you to see the inside, which apparently is a banquet space. Way to keep the charm guys! Also, if you plan the fish, don'...  more »
  • I was disappointed at the interior of this bldg. The building looks impressive and the grounds are nice; a good walk is relaxing if you're a city dweller. There's a playground closer to the parking lo...  more »
  • I been walking here for year and it one of my Favorite place to do so in the city the only Grip that I see is sometimes you have to watch out for Dog Do and that do to Ignorant Dog Owners but I think ...  more »
  • Great place for a family day! Outdoor picnic areas, lots of trails in the woods. Bring a frisbee! Rent this beautiful historic castle for a private function. Lovely outdoor gardens, friendly and helpful caretakers. Many free public events throughout the year. Easter egg hunt, craft fairs, pics with Santa, jazz concerts.
  • This a great place for a short hike. Dogs are welcome. And it's kept very clean all year round
  • Great place to take the kids or just go for a walk
  • My favorite spot to walk and have a picnic with my hubby and our puppy.
  • A beautiful place, full of peace and tranquility.

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