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Instagrammable Connecticut: Castles

Ok, so these are not all technically castles, but we think these Connecticut estates and mansions were all built with a royal flair. Luckily, quite a few people agree and have been sharing their stately photos on Instagram. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures — and their photo tips! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

Gillette Castle, East Haddam


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It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside Gillette Castle reveals built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that were home to legendary stage actor William Gillette.

“I shot this photo in early June around noon using my iPhone 7. I used Snapseed for slight touch-ups. I chose to visit because I read online that Gillette Castle is beautiful to explore and hike during the summer. And it was!” — Connecticut resident @withasuitcase.

Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park, Waterford


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Views of the gorgeous grounds and pergola of Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park.

“I took this photo on June 2017 around noon on my iPhone 7. I didn’t use any filters or photoshop, just basic exposure, a little saturation and a little sharpening. I visited Harkness Memorial State Park with my kids (my husband was at work), my parents, and my brother since they live in the area and we were visiting them. I grew up close by and this was one of my favorite parks when I was a kid. I was excited to bring my own kids here. I live in the Bronx, NY with my husband and 2 little kids. I grew up in Amston, where my parents still live. We visit a few times a year.” — Kelli C.

Yale University, New Haven


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“The photo was taken on February 5th with my iPhone X. I chose the location because I am a Lecturer this semester at the Yale School of Architecture so I’m spending lots of time in New Haven exploring the architecture of the campus.” – Michael S.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk



Dramatic view of the historic Lockwood-Mathews Mansion.

“I took this picture back in April of this year, around lunch time. I used my iPhone 12 to capture this photo. I enhanced the color of the picture by using the edit button within the picture itself. I live in Connecticut and I visited this place because I have read many articles about it. I believe Netflix was planning to film a movie there as well.” — Maria P.

Castle Craig, Meriden



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The lone Castle Craig tower overlooking Hubbard Park’s 1,800 acres filled with hiking trails and picnic areas.

“The photo was taken on June 18 around 2:00 p.m with my Canon 5D on a foggy day. I used the VSCO T1 filter to edit the photo. Castle Craig is one of my favorite locations that I like to go back to every season of the year. I’ve lived in Connecticut for 15 years and am still a resident. I love everything that this state has to offer. One way that I'm trying to show my respect for this state is through beautiful pictures and I thank #CTvisit for giving people enough information to go out, have fun and explore this beautiful state.” — Koba J.

State Capitol Building, Hartford

The gold-domed Victorian Gothic building opened in 1878. The current State Capitol Building is the third capitol building for the State of Connecticut since the American Revolution.

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