Winnekenni Castle, Haverhill

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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  • September 6, 2017
    For a brief moment you can feel like you are at one of the royal palaces of England. Interesting site and the area around it is ideal for taking a nice hike along the lake.  more »
  • August 28, 2017
    The grounds are attractively landscaped and natural walking trails. There is a beautiful lake with swans & wildlife. There was a classic & antique car show displayed on the extensive lawns of this 700...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    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 »
  • March 31, 2017
    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.
  • February 12, 2017
    This a great place for a short hike. Dogs are welcome. And it's kept very clean all year round
  • April 20, 2017
    Great place to take the kids or just go for a walk
  • March 13, 2017
    My favorite spot to walk and have a picnic with my hubby and our puppy.
  • June 20, 2017
    A beautiful place, full of peace and tranquility.

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