Connecticut's Cultural Treasures Highlights East Haddam's Gillette Castle

Release Date: 07/02/2013

Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights East Haddam’s Gillette Castle

Premieres Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcast on Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 p.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. (July 2, 2013) – Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks, nationally significant cultural resources and wonderful stories to tell. From historic landmarks and museums to parks and performing arts venues, the Constitution State is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.

Premiering on Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) with an encore broadcast on Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 p.m., this week’s edition of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures features the Gillette Castle in East Haddam.

Gillette Castle sits high above the Connecticut River, tucked into the quiet “Seven Sister” hills of East Haddam. The castle was once a private residence designed and owned by American actor, William Gillette who played Sherlock Holmes on stage. Today, Gillette Castle State Park includes hiking trails, picnic areas and a museum to serve its more than 300,000 annual visitors.

The castle boasts a library and stunning views of the Connecticut River from the garden. Several unique characteristics designed by Gillette himself include a system of hidden mirrors for surveillance of the public rooms from the master bedroom. From its outer medieval appearance to its unique interior nooks and crannies, this 100-year-old castle continues to surprise and fascinate its guests.

About Connecticut's Cultural Treasures

Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. These vignettes are designed to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy. 

The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions – as important as those are. In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River.

Funding for the Gillette Castle edition of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, Connecticut Tourism, the State Historic Preservation Office, Melinda and Paul Sullivan and People’s United Bank.

About the Department of Economic and Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the lead state agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy.  It does so by developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, preserving and promoting cultural and tourism assets, ensuring quality housing and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.

About Connecticut Public Television

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cptv.org.

 

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