Kimball Castle

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Benjamin Ames Kimball finished his castle in 1899 and died in 1919. In more recent times, the castle, now in disrepair, was put up for sale and Locke’s Hill Nature Preserve was created on the land, with hiking and skiing trails. In the 1960s and 1970s vandals stole every piece of tapestry, furniture and artwork and ripped the gates off their supports. Even the oak banisters and dragon gargoyles on the castle parapets were stolen. Now, apparitions, cold spots, lights and other phenomena are said to occur in the castle, but the castle is not open to the public and trespassers will be prosecuted.

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    59 Lockes Hill Road
    Gilford, NH
    United States

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    43.58363964795242, -71.3793719261912
    Belknap County, New Hampshire
    Nearest Towns:
    Gilford, NH (2.8 mi.)
    Laconia, NH (6.0 mi.)
    Meredith, NH (7.9 mi.)
    Melvin Village, NH (8.2 mi.)
    Wolfeboro, NH (8.6 mi.)
    Center Harbor, NH (9.6 mi.)
    Belmont, NH (10.8 mi.)
    Tuftonboro, NH (11.1 mi.)
    Gilmanton, NH (11.2 mi.)
    Moultonborough, NH (11.9 mi.)

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    1. I’m The operations manager for Yankee paranormal society. I’m Wondering if there is a possibility of gaining access to the location for the sole purpose of conducting an investigation?

    2. I Visited Kimball Castle in 1967/8 ….I went there with my Dad & there was a Man there Painting a Picture of Kimball Castle My Dad Hoisted Me up into the Window & I let my Dad in ….it was Beautiful & Appeared untouched …Dishes on Table in Kitchen ….some Furnishings were there like a kitchen Table …I Remember a Wide Beautiful Stairway inside …some windows were broken …there was a stone Gazebo on the property & a Modern Day House ..It may have been Occupied …one of the best Views in the Lakes Region of NH ..Over Looking the Lake ..I Feel Privileged to have been inside there & Ill always remember that Day when I was 7 or 8 Years Old

    3. I went to kimble castle summer 2014 and by the grace of God the owners happened to be away that day. By myself, I spent nearly three hours on the property, wandering in every room, every nook, even below the castle to the basement foundation. I took over 100 photos. There were no orbs, no sounds, no weird lights, no apparitions. Nothing. And trust me, I want nothing more than to experience the paranormal. But I am a realist. This place is not haunted.

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