10.22.2010

HARRY BENNETT'S CASTLE 1984 PHOTOS


Front of "castle" 1984


Front of "castle" 2009 with a lot of trees removed

A friend from high school popped in facebook and it turns out she used to stay in the Harry Bennett Castle!!! OMG !!! Her friend lived next door to the castle.

 REAR VIEW 1984

Donna sent me these great photos from 1984. When I shot the castle last fall it has been painted a sage green color with the windows trimmed in white.


Harry had his own theater built on the property

Donna said:

Many years ago, my girlfriend and I stayed there. She lived next door and house-sat when the previous owners were out of town. Pretty cool place.


Abandoned pool

The place is pretty cool and scary. We went in the tunnels and were able to take personal tours with no one looking over our shoulders. I even stayed several nights, once left alone while my friend went to the bar, you talk about being scared, I was up all night looking over my shoulder.

NO KIDDING!!!! Not without a gun in each hand would I have done that Donna!



Love this back view. Donna noticed a large stairway was added to the Castle after 1984. The Castle appears that a lot of trees were removed from this side as well. The two turrets are clearly visible in both views.


Large Staircase goes down to the river is gone now



The Bennett stables. This is where HB housed the lions and tigers he used to keep in case of an enemy attack.


Another view of the Theater


Dining room with large dining table


Another view of dining room


Stone Fireplace


Stone Fireplace Close up


Music room off dining room notice dining chair


Narrow staircase to upper level

Family Den with beautiful wing back chair and wood paneling with secret panels for hidden weapons

Theater above and an out building below




Read My other Harry Bennett Stories

The Castle
The Lodge
Rise and Fall of Harry Bennett
The Cabin
NEW* PM Magazine Video Tour of the Castle
Thank you Donna!!!

5 comments:

  1. Kim, that was a good article about the Bennett castle. I am glad you had photos from Donna showing the inside, I knew that she had stayed there! I have my Dad's Ford ID with Bennett's signature on it from back in the 30's!

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  2. I posted that I aquired the crest of Harry Bennett. As an updated, it is clearly visible in the pictures of the stone fireplace. it is located front and center. Either there were more than one crest plate, or Mr. Stark removed it. But either way I have this Crest Plate. I would like to know if there would be any historical value in this plate?

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  3. Anonymous,

    My grandfather, Robert Folsom, also worked for Electro-Arc and Harold Stark. He was also frequently put to the task of keeping the grounds at the castle. Might you know him? He probably was retired by 1984, but I also just happened to meet another gentleman by the name of Bob McCrary who now is in charge of taking care of the grounds for the current owner. If you know either of them, would you email me back at jay226@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  4. Grew up in Ypsi is this the same house the Gables owned that had a tunnel in basment which led into Ford lk?

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  5. I believe the tunnel lead to the Huron River. Ford Lake is pretty far away from Geddes

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