Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
ADULTS = $15.00
5-11YEARS = $10.00
4 & UNDER FREE
Please note: Due to the Construction and Layout of the area. The Castle is not Wheelchair accessible. Also please note, there is no ATM at the Castle, many vendors accept the card,However, some do not.All parking will be at Stage Fort Park down the street from the castle. The city is charging $15.00 for parking.There will be free busing to and from the castle. Please note there is no parking along Hesperus Avenue or the driveways of private homes. Hammond Castle is not responsible for any tickets received.We also advise not to bring strollers, due to castle layout and many stairs they would just inconvenience you.
Known today as Hammond Castle, located on Hesperus Ave. in Gloucester, Massachussetts. The Castle's actual name is Abbadia Mare (Abbey by the Sea).
The Castle was built between 1926 & 1929, by John Hayes Hammond, Jr. using stone from the surrounding area. The Castle, however, was never finished, Mr. Hammond stopped construction when his wife passed on.
Inside the Castle you will find stone pillars,
gravestones, artwork, furniture, the facade of a French Medieval Village and various other relics from the renaissance back to ancient Roman Times.
From the great Hall, which is home to a massive organ, of Mr. Hammond's design to the courtyard that has the look of a french Village and can create almost anything from broad daylight at night to a monsoon from the rain forest. Next to the dining room is the Library which has its own secrets.
The areas allowed to be seen are the areas that were open to the public when Mr. Hammond was alive. The Front of the Castle faces the ocean and
a small stone island where the wreck of The Hesperus was said to have occured. Some of Mr. Hammond's inventions are on display in a room off to the right of the courtyard.
This Castle/Abbey is a magical place that is full of history of the world. Imagine the stories it has to tell. Unfortunately like many old structures
things can wear away. The Castle requires both maintenance and repair if other generations are to enjoy this Historical place.
The Abbadia Mare Festival is a fund raiser for the Hammond Castle Museum. On the dates stated on the homepage, please come and support us at our small ren-festival. You will have vendors from all around, great food and you can interact with our
actors or listen and watch the shows! A tour of the Castle will be available to you if you wish. Perhaps
you can be a part of our Human chess Match, or cheer on our knights as they do Live steel combat!
If you want a more personal touch, try and find me
Arthur "Bumbly" Phinn a storyteller and I will tell you a tale.
Good Day to you all, and we hope to welcome you
at Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival.