_From the very moment we pulled into the Elks here in Saugus, we were told about the Elks up the coast at Gloucester. Not only do they have a club that has one of the best views in Gloucester it has some of the best food at reasonable prices. Well we don’t want to say we didn’t get there so we drove out this afternoon for the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. We’ve stayed and visited at a large number of Elks clubs this journey and I’ve got to say that joining the club a year ago has been one of the best investments we’ve ever made. Not only for the RV parking that’s made available to us but also the wonderful HOSPITALITY. Today’s visit to Gloucester was no different. On our way to lunch at the Elks we drove by a sign that caught our interests…The Hammond Castle.
_Neither one of us had any information about the castle or the Hammonds so we were totally taken by what we saw and found. John Hays Hammond, Jr. is known as “The Father of the Remote Control” and one of America’s premier inventors with over 400 patents and ideas for 800 inventions that he has had his name associated with. All that Hammond accomplished his patents are still second only to Thomas Edison. Hammond built his medieval style castle between the years 1926 and 1929.
_This was to be his personal home and a backdrop for his interest and collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. Even to this day and long after his death, the castle is used by hundreds who come every year for a Renaissance week.