Castle
© Leslie R. Nitkiewicz

John Hays Hammond Jr. began construction on his castle across from Norman’s Woe in 1926. Hammond was a storied inventor and engineer, mentored by Edison and Bell. He acquired hundreds of patents, largely based on radio-controlled weaponry and as diverse as neon lighting and a version of today’s electric razor. Hammond’s infamous radiocontrolled “ghost boats” piloted about the harbor alarming boaters for the amusement of his guests.

The towers you see from here were built by Hammond on his parent’s estate to cleverly conceal radio antennae. Hammond Castle is located on the western shore of Gloucester’s outer harbor.
  • Castle Organ Piping Up 1995 PBS (1:10 min)

    Excerpts from 1995 PBS one hour show featuring Mark Andersen playing the organ on location Hammond Castle Gloucester MA and his personal stories about John Hays Hammond Jr.

  • Hammond Reinvents the Organ (4:41 min)

    Excerpts from 1995 PBS one hour show featuring Mark Andersen playing the organ on location Hammond Castle Gloucester MA and his personal stories about John Hays Hammond Jr. and his inventions for the organ

  • FETCH! w/Ruff Ruffman (3:09 min)

    excerpt from PBS show: FETCH! The Mystery of the Missing Thing, 2006, season 1, episode 9. In this episode the kid contestants must solve challenges on site at Hammond Castle, Gloucester, MA

  • Castle then-and-now (1:10 min)

    Leslie R. Nitkiewicz and vintage photos © Cox and © Hammond Castle

  • Kids map (PDF)

    PBS: FETCH! The Mystery of the Missing Thing, 2006, season 1, episode 9