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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...  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...  more »
  • Spent today at the wedding of a dear friends daughter. The Castle was fabulous. Despite the weather, the bride was beautiful and everything was lovely. A minor power outage lasted but a few,minutes and was quickly restored.
  • Absolutely love this location. I saw this location online and decided to have my Engagement photos taken here. I wish it was closer to me but it is definitely worth the drive.

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