Some remain hopeful for Gilford castle restoration
But residents who wish to save the castle and have it restored are not giving up.
“Anybody with any thoughts or concerns about the castle needs to come to that meeting,” Anderson said.
The castle, on the northern shoulder of Locke’s Hill overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, has fallen into disrepair and is a danger. It is for sale for $799,000, but there haven’t been any buyers, and there are estimates that it could cost millions of dollars to restore.
“He was a man who rose to prominence during the growth of the Industrial Revolution and the development of the nation’s railroad,” she said.Kimball was born in Boscawen in 1833 into a family of railroad men. He graduated from Concord High School, Hildreth’s Preparatory School, and then entered Dartmouth College, graduating with highest honors in 1854, she said.
Once the railroad had reached Laconia and beyond, Kimball was one of a handful of men who envisioned the development of the Lakes Region into a major resort area, Anderson said.
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