“the ruins of a bygone age”
The 488 acres of the Madame Sherri Forest was generously donated for conservation to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests by Anne Stokes. The forest is named for the eccentric Madame Antoinette Sherri. Madame Sherri, who had worked as a costume designer for the Zigfield Follies in the 1920s, had built her country "Castle" in the woods of Chesterfield. She became famous (or infamous) for the parties she threw for visitors from the city and was said to have driven about the town during the summer wearing a fur coat and nothing else. Madame Sherri died in 1965 at the age of 84 but for many years prior the castle had fallen to neglect and vandalism. On October 18, 1962 it was destroyed by fire. The foundation, chimneys and a grand stone staircase from the once magnificent house can be seen adjacent to the Madame Sherri Forest on a side trail close to the entrance off the Gulf Road.
This was a great place! It took us awhile to come across it since directions were pretty much NIL...
So what we did was this, we got off the highway and went towards NH on route 9, over the bridge and there was Riverside Hotel on the right with a building selling booze and groceries, take the road just after that called Gulf Road. It is winding so drive slow and keep to your side.
There is a sign showing MME SHERRI with parking. Signs will show you where to walk. Be careful while there as it is crumbling, but it is amazing so see!
We made the trip to check out the ruins today. Lots of recent snow kept us from see much of the architectural details, but the stairway and arches were impressive nonetheless. Easy to find and interesting history, we'll be back in the fall to have a better look and get some great pics!
Nestled off of a dirt road you will find this property. When you first walk in, you'll find yourself walking along the path that takes you past a man-made pond/wading pool. Evidence of previous structures, magnificent stonework, and a rich history awaits you just up the hill and to the right. Left will take you around the water.
This place is officially a park and nature preserve. Parking is limited and free. The site is well off the beaten path.
The building itself is in almost complete ruins. Only a few bits of the foundation remain ( and I don't recommend going inside the basement), as do the arches. This is a great place for a picnic, hike, or photo shoot. Check the rich history of the property out. You won't regret it.
It was awesome! Kids enjoyed as well & the trip out there was very scenic & beautiful.
We took our dog for a hike here. The castle remains are very cool to walk through and the fall foliage made it ten times as beautiful. The hike to the top of the mountain is long, quite steep, and not always clear, but definitely worth it! The views from the top are absolutely amazing. This place is a must-see!
I don't know why they say this is private it is a state forest and there are a couple great trails out there. Alon g with madame Sherri you also have anns loop which has some amazing views. And then Daniels loop I believe which in plan to hike this year.
A must-see!! This is a great little place for a hike with plenty of natural wonders and the ruins of Madame Sherri's Castle to boot. The small winding road you have to take to get there was absolutely beautiful the first week of October when I went. You definitely feel like you're a part of nature here!
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