Bancroft Castle

Bancroft Castle was built by General William Bancroft in 1906 in Groton, Massachusetts. It was built as a gift for his wife. He reortedly originally intended it as a bungalow to accompany a larger castle-like house, but lost funding before the additions could be constructed. In 1918, physician Harold Ayres purchased the bungalow and renovated it into a private sanitarium.
During the 1930s, the Groton Hunt Club used the bungalow for entertainment. During a July 4 fireworks celebration in 1932, the bungalow caught fire – leaving only the exterior stone walls intact. It is now part of Groton’s protected open space and was opened to the public. Anyone may hike to the top of the hill and visit what remains of the castle. Adapted from Wikipedia.

23 thoughts on “Bancroft Castle

  1. Garfield Hug

    I hope it can get some restoration works done as it does look really like a grand old place in days gone past. I am sure it can be a lovely historical site with a cafeteria for visitors to sit in and enjoy it.

  2. milfordstreet Post author

    I think it’s likely to stay as it is. It’s part of that towns conservation land now. Though a cup of coffee and pastry would be nice to sip here.

  3. Sandra

    A private sanitarium? How interesting. And what beautiful photographs you made, Chris! It will be so much fun to get out and explore again. When it is safe of course. I hope you have a work free day ahead with lots of recreation and fun planned! Take good care!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. I do my exploring in the early morning hours when nobody is around and I’m pretty chosy about where I go. It’s been a good day of things to do around the house and even I bike ride. I hope you have a work-free, worry-free day also.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Bring a picnic. It’s a nice spot. There isn’y a lot of parking but you could park at Gibbet Hill restaurant a couple hundred yards away.

  4. sloppy buddhist

    well Bancroft Castle looks like a wonderful architecture for b/w and texture…you know I also appreciate these kinds of spaces…have a happy day Chris ☺️🙃🙂💫 smiles hedy


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