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Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

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Published 07/14/2016

Fodor's Review

This 59-room Stuart-style mansion, built in 1927 for Richard Crane—of the Crane plumbing company—and his family, is part of the Crane Estate, a stretch of more than 2,100 acres along the Essex and Ipswich rivers, encompassing Castle Hill, Crane Beach, and the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Although the original furnishings were sold at auction, the mansion has been elaborately refurnished in period style; photographs in most of the rooms show their original appearance. The Great House is open for one-hour tours and also hosts concerts and other events. Inquire about seasonal programs like fly-fishing or kayaking. If you're looking for an opulent and exquisite overnight stay, book a room at the on-site Inn at Castle Hill.

Sight Information


Argilla Rd., Ipswich, Massachusetts, 01938, USA



Sight Details:

  • Grounds: $10 per car; $2 per bicycle; $4 per motorcycle. Tours: prices vary
  • Memorial Day–Columbus Day weekends, Wed.–Sat., call for hrs

Published 07/14/2016


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