I received E-Mail that said:
I write because for years I have been intrigue by a “castle” on Sleepers
island on Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton, New Hampshire. It is modest in size
and shares the island with many similar sized lake homes. It appears to be
a private residence. I know little else about it.
Later, I received E-Mail that said:
This is a picture of the « castle » on Sleeper’s Island, Lake Winnipesaukee,
NH. Rumor has it that the owner wanted to get away from people and kept
dogs on the island to discourage visitors. I assume it was Sleeper’s castle.
Someone on the Form on
should be able to give you more information.
Later, I received e-Mail that said:
I just happened onto your site and saw “Unknown Castle” on Sleeper’s Island
on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. I thought I’d add a little bit of what I know
about this place from my childhood…
It was (at least back in the 1960’s) known as “Hale’s Castle”. In the early
to mid 1960’s, it was converted to a B & B known as “Castlewood”, and had a
guest pick-up service from a marina on the west shore of the lake near Mt.
Major. In addition to the “castle”, there were several guest rooms in a
“Boat-el”, which was located just to the right of the main house, and had
dock space in front of it.
At the time my family stayed there, it was owned by friends of my family,
and was one of only about 3 homes on the island, all of which were seasonal.
I believe the B & B operation was rather short-lived, and aside from a few
old childhood photos and some 8mm home movies, have very little other information.
On 3-4-07, I received E-Mail that said:
My parents owned the Sleepers Island Castle from in the late seventies
through mid eighties. It was built in 1911. The work was performed by the same
folks who built Castle in the clouds, which was built around the same time.
There is a grave yard and originally a barn on the property as well.
On 8-32-09, I received e-mail that said:
I stumbled on your site and thought I would try to add to the information
regarding Hale’s Castle. It is, indeed, Hale’s Castle, built in 1911. My
memory is somewhat foggy as to precise dates but my family (the Ford Brewers)
owned the property from the early sixties to the early seventies. The island
had been purchased by a couple of fellows and was broken down into lots. One
of the investors was Henry Maxfield, whose Real Estate signs can be seen all
over the Lakes Region these days. The previous writer is correct, it was run
as a summer business for a number of years as « Castlewood ». We ran a ferry
from the West Alton Marina to accommodate guests. We never had guests in the
Castle but rented units in the Boat-el and a
cottage. We also ran a small sandwich shop on the covered porch of the Castle.
My understanding is that Mr. Hale was a full time resident of the island and
maintained horses and bridle paths. I once found a horse skeleton on the
Rattlesnake side of the island. Some of the bridle paths are still visible.
A small cemetery exists in the middle of the island which contains Hale, his
first wife and his housekeeper. His second wife ultimately sold the island.
When we lived there, we were convinced that the castle had a friendly ghost.
Whether of not it was Hale, we never knew but there was frequently strange
things happening which we were hard pressed to explain. Although we never
told the buyers of the
castle about our ghost, they sold it soon after because the wife became
convinced she was living with a ghost.
Over the years the condition of the property deteriorated. Ultimately
(sometime in the late 80’s, I think), the property sold to the Mercers who
restored the property and continue to live there today.
On 6-14-17, I received e-mail that said:
My grandparents Mr and Mrs Mahoney were the caretakers of the castle. (The
two old people that scared that writer.) Interesting they were always friendly!
They worked for the park service. I went to visit them every year and during
my childhood would dream that I was the princess of that castle. There was a
park bellow and and a storage house of all kinds of crafts items. (During the
summers camps would come to the castle and kids would play and be occupied for
long hours with all the fun items in that storage area.
I would like to know who is living in that house on the side of the castle now
it is the same one my grandparents lived in. It had two bedrooms in it. A
living room area and a kitchen. It was comfortable and a great place to be.
Does anyone have more information?
Thanks to Jack Brown for sending the photo.