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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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.
  • Hidden treasure from a time gone by. We attended an event (wedding) with out knowing of the details of the reception and we were suprised. The castle is definitely unique in shape and size, the grounds were perfect ,my guess is in the fall the foliage would also be awsome, it would have some pretty nice views . The castle has so much history from its origin rite up until the present day as I spoke with the care taker about its many facades of life I can't believe it's available to the public for private parties etc. I would recommend the hiking trails to another ruin of found on tje vast property, but definately seek the care taker who is on site for all the behind the scenes history....I highly recommend it as he has a ton of knowledge and willing to show you around...
  • 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
  • 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.

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