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New Meetup: Special Tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester

From: Anna
Sent on: Friday, June 18, 2010 3:40 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Special Tour of Hammond Castle in Gloucester

When: Saturday, July 3,[masked]:30 AM

Hammond Castle Museum
80 Hesperus Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930

SATURDAY JULY 3 ... In celebration of Hammond Castle's 80th Fourth of July Anniversary come join "John Hays Hammond, Jr.," as he shows you his castle home, and learn from him exactly why he built this fortress for himself and his wife Irene Fenton Hammond. Special Hammond tours commencing on the front drawbridge in fair weather, and the museum lobby if it is raining. Museum admission is charged for these tours: $10.00

Tour starts at 12 noon, let's gather between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. I will wear my Meetup button. Please note the following: The parking lot only holds 40 cars and they are well-attended in the summer, so I recommend getting there early. If I get a lot of yes RSVPs right away, I can let them know to expect a group. Hammond Castle Museum is not handicapped accessible. Groups that arrive over 15 minutes late cannot be guaranteed a full tour if there is another tour following theirs. Groups over 30 minutes late will have to conduct their own non-guided tour.

John Hays Hammond, Jr., built his medieval-style castle between the years 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. In addition, the building housed the Hammond Research Corporation, from which Dr. Hammond produced over 400 patents and the ideas for over 800 inventions. Second only to Thomas Alva Edison in number of patents, John Hammond was one of America's premier inventors. His most important work was the development of remote control via radio waves, which earned him the title, "The Father of Remote Control."

Tour many rooms including the great hall, indoor courtyard, Renaissance dining room, two guest bedrooms, the inventions exhibit room, the library, the War room, the kitchens, the Natalie Hays Hammond exhibit room, the tower galleries, as well as several smaller rooms and passage ways including a secret passageway. Visitors may also enjoy the beauty of the castle grounds and a view of the Atlantic shore line.

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