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Chesterfield, New Hampshire

Madame Sherri's Castle

The former home of a Gatsby-like bon vivant is now a lovely ruin 

Madame Antoinette Sherri was a New York costume designer with a taste for the finer things and a good party, tastes which led to the party palace which would eventually turn into the ruins known as Madame Sherri’s Castle.

Sherri swept into the New Hampshire town of Chesterfield in the 1920’s. Rumored to be an intimate of bootleggers or possibly a literal “madame,” the eccentric woman was soon known in the area for her blowout parties and her chauffeured luxury car, which she is said to have liked riding in wearing nothing but a fur coat. As is always the case, the good times eventually came to an end and the house was neglected. The mansion finally burned down in the 60’s but the stately ruins remain. There is a stone bridge straddling a stream that widens into an artificial lake, which is itself bounded by cut-stone walls. The foundation and fireplace can also still be found but most spectacular is the curving stone staircase that once led guests to some of New Hampshire’s grandest parties. The entire site now has the feel of a fairy tale ruin despite the passing of Madame Sherri’s fairy tale abode.  

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