November 18, 2018

Senator Daily Announces $75,000 Grant for Gillette Castle Upgrades

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT. (Photo courtesy of CT DEP)

Senator Eileen Daily, whose district covers Essex, Deep River, Chester and parts of Old Saybrook, has announced a $75,000 state grant to one of the area’s major tourist attractions, Gillette Castle State Park. The grant, which was approved by the State Bond Commission, will fund an  initial phase of terrace and stone wall repairs at the park.

Daily said, “The Gillette Castle State Park is one of the crown jewels of the Connecticut River valley and rightfully attracts some 300,000 visitors per year.” She continued, “The eccentricities of the building and grounds are matched only by the panoramic views from the castle itself and from throughout the 180-plus acre grounds – they are memorable for local residents and tourists alike.”

Daily also said that she played “an instrumental role in the four-year $11 million restoration of the park,” which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. “I’m grateful to Governor Malloy and the members of the bond commission for their favorable consideration of this project and this investment in our local economy,” Daily said.