The Friends of Gillette Castle State Park is an all-volunteer organization, which was formally established in 1998. The present membership is a diverse group of people from Connecticut and several other states who are involved at many different levels with the restoration and preservation of a unique Connecticut historical landmark and its grounds.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are volunteer opportunities for all areas of interest and ability levels.

  • Gardening and Grounds
  • Path and Trail Grooming
  • Membership Outreach
  • Gift Shop and Fundraising
  • Special Events
  • Administration
  • Computer Support
  • Public Information
  • Historical Research
  • Tour Hosting


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Castle and Grounds Saw more than 200,000 Visitors in 2009...Nooks and Crannies, Secret Passages, Hidden Compartments, Cunning Locks, Exotic Craftsmanship in Wood and Stone, and the many sidelights of a clever and theatrical personality...all were made visible to the discerning eyes of Castle visitors during the past season. Some 100,000 people took the self-guided tours of the historic residence of an early superstar, William Gillette. His interesting contrivances appeal to wide audiences -- woodworkers, masons, actors, hikers, picnickers, and (especially) readers of the fabled Sherlock Holmes series of novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that Mr. Gillette so ably brought to life on stage and screen.

The Friends of Gillette Castle State Park is an all-volunteer organization, which was formally established in 1998. The present membership is a diverse group of people from Connecticut and several other states who are involved at many different levels with the restoration and preservation of a unique Connecticut historical landmark and its grounds.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are volunteer opportunities for all areas of interest and ability levels.

  • Gardening and Grounds
  • Path and Trail Grooming
  • Membership Outreach
  • Gift Shop and Fundraising
  • Special Events
  • Administration
  • Computer Support
  • Public Information
  • Historical Research
  • Tour Hosting

IMPORTANT EVENTS!

Spring–Summer–Fall Events

Friends Members' Day:  Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.    Members (old and new) and their families and friends are invited to an insiders' view of the park with events and tours for children and adults alike.  Activities include Harold and Teddie Niver interpreting the world of Mr. and Mrs. Gillette; short, interpretive, hikes for kids and trail-history for grownups; coloring pages for younger children; and a nooks-and-crannies look at park highlights.  Light refreshments, too!

Gillette Castle State Park, located at 67 River Road in East Haddam, was William Gillette’s 184-acre estate known as the Seventh Sister, the focal point of which was his 24-room house reminiscent of a medieval castle. The State of Connecticut acquired the property in 1943 and established Gillette Castle State Park.  The Castle is open for its full season from Memorial Day weeked until Columbus Day weekend, with special events often scheduled in the late fall and early winter.

The East Haddam Historical Society presents William Gillette's one-act Victorian drawing-room comedy, "All the Comforts of Home," on Saturdays and Sundays on the Castle grounds at 1 p.m. from June 19 through July 31. The half-hour performances are a production of the East Haddam Stage Company with support from the Connecticut Humanities Council.

For recorded event information please contact Gillette Castle State Park at 860.526.2336.

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