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Monday, December 7, 2015

Madame Sheri's Forest

There is a lovely forest with trails located in Chesterfield NH called "Madame Sheri's Forest". Madame Sheri was born in France in 1878 and moved to New York City in 1911. She designed costumes for many of the major Broadway shows. Through my research, I learned that she was a very eccentric woman.
In 1938, she had a Summer Retreat built in the forest of Chesterfield NH. It was called "Madame Sheri's Castle", although it really was not a castle, but rather a retreat home where she would entertain and host parties.It was most noted for the grand spiral staircase that led up to the second floor, and the beautiful stone arches and architecture of the home.
Before her death, the castle had been abandoned and fell into disrepair. On Oct 18, 1962 it was destroyed by fire, leaving only the foundation and the spiral staircase and arches in tact.

I visited this area with two friends in mid October of this year. It was a cloudy dreary day, and it began to shower during our visit. But I was happy to have the opportunity to visit and photograph this site.

The trails leading into the "castle site" are lined with old stone walls.


The staircase and arches are pretty much all this is left of the home.



I hope if you ever find yourself in the SW corner of NH, that you can make the time to visit this site.

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