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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 1969, which led to the formation 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. Under the direction and guidance of carpentry teacher, Paul Crowley and carpentry students (from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School), they were able to complete a refurbishing and remodeling of the building.
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  • With some hiking trails, flower beds, a playground we spent the afternoon as a family enjoying ourselves and the outdoors. Everyone - from Grandpa walking with a cane to daughter-in-law with a twin... 
    With some hiking trails, flower beds, a playground we spent the afternoon as a family enjoying ourselves and the outdoors. Everyone - from Grandpa walking with a cane to daughter-in-law with a twin...  more »
  • I have been here multiple times and love it every time. Seeing the castle is always cool, it is a beautiful building. My daughters love it. It's always a good go to when needing some outdoor time... 
    I have been here multiple times and love it every time. Seeing the castle is always cool, it is a beautiful building. My daughters love it. It's always a good go to when needing some outdoor time...  more »
  • We happened upon this while staying in the area - no special events happening here while we were there. The castle was kind of cool to inspect up close and the plantings were beautiful! We hiked a.....  more
    We happened upon this while staying in the area - no special events happening here while we were there. The castle was kind of cool to inspect up close and the plantings were beautiful! We hiked a.....  more »
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  • I'm pretty sure that I've reviewed this park before as I'll go up here at least a few times a week. The trees are starting to bloom, once all the trees have their leaves it is gorgeous, in the fall the colors are beautiful.There are many trails, the view is awesome, there are 2 port-a-toilets (which is good). The last time I was there a man just kept riding his bike up & down the kind of steep hill/road to get up to the Castle: I was amazed: I probably would not even be able to do that once: he just kept doing it, my guess was about 10x's God love him. You can picnic here as there are tables. Enjoy!
  • Only saw the outside as they were closed this time of year but it was beautiful. A really nice walk from the road
  • Great place for a quiet picnic, porter Johns on location at the castle. Great trails to walk around and the wildlife is already picking back up now in mid March.
  • Wonderful place to take you dog, on a hike. Bike trails, the scenery is beautiful.
  • Great park, lots of trails and places to explore. The castle is beautiful, with lots of hidden structures on the grounds surrounding it. The lake is very nice, swimming access trail is well defined. Ample, multiple parking sites. Could spend a couple days just exploring the whole place.

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