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Gay City

Posted by Stu On October - 21 - 2006

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Curiously named Gay City was founded just before the 1800’s by families seeking religious freedom and was around for roughly 80 years until the Industrial Revolution and multiple fires killed it. This was the first stop of our ’06 New England trip, and to be honest I was expecting more. Similar to the Pine Barrens ghost towns, all we saw were stone walls, a few cellar holes, and the remains of the final incarnation of the paper mill (it burned down at least twice). There are supposedly a few grave stones too, but we weren’t able to find them.
There are stories of murders and hauntings attached to the ruins, but nothing interesting happened to us while we were there (it never does).

Overall, nothing spectacular, but it’s a very nice park to walk around, especially in the first week of October. I’d like to go back and find the graves sometime.

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Holy Land

Posted by Stu On October - 20 - 2004

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This place is in shambles. Nature has reclaimed much of Holy Land, which was first put together in the early 50’s. To describe what exactly it is, think of an outside bible museum. There’s a small Bethlehem built onto the side of a hill, and there are many scenes from the bible scattered about the trails. At the back of the place are a large cross and a statue of Jesus; the statue, like many of the displays, is crumbling. The owner, John Greco, died in 1986, but the place was falling apart before that. I read that nuns take care of the place now, but they either don’t do very much there or they gave up on it.

Someone doesn’t like animals very much…each animal statue I found had its head cut off:

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Comstock Covered Bridge

Posted by Stu On October - 20 - 2004

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We stumbled upon this while looking for an alleged ghost town near Gillette Castle. This one was built in 1791 and restored in 1936. People mostly use it for fishing nowadays; barricades on either side prevent cars from driving through it. There are also 2 cameras at both ends inside.

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Gillette Castle

Posted by Stu On October - 20 - 2004

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I honestly didn’t know much about this place before deciding to visit it. I found out it was the home of the guy who played Sherlock Holmes on stage, a fact I admit I didn’t really care about at the time. I just figured it was a cool-looking castle in Connecticut. It’s pretty impressive nevertheless…definitely not a normal house.

I didn’t get many pics of the inside of the castle since we got yelled at twice. First I was told flash was not allowed inside. That’s fine, but you’d figure they’d have a sign stating this. Secondly, once you go upstairs, they don’t let you back downstairs. Once again, a silly rule that isn’t mentioned or written anywhere. If I had known that, I wouldn’t have rushed to the top.

Overall, Gillette Castle is a cool place…quite different from the norm. The people running it, however, need to let visitors know before they go upstairs that they can’t go back down. Yeah, I’m still annoyed about that.

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