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History of Hearthstone Castle

This castle within the Tarrywile Park woods of Danbury, Connecticut was built 1895-1899 for E. Starr Sanford, a noted portrait photographer. The castle switched hands multiple times and has been known by a few names before settling on Hearthstone, which is probably due to its eight fireplaces. Its significance lies in its architecture. Built as a medieval castle, its form incorporates Norman and many other periods of castle architecture. The stone used to build it was quarried on the site with woodwork being imported from Italy. Unfortunately, the castle has fallen into disrepair in the last 30 years that the city has owned it and the entire interior is a collapsed wreck.

In January of 2021, work began to remove the debris within the castle walls with further cleanup planned.

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