Exciting news! My friend actually taped a PM Magazine TV interview inside Harry Bennett's Castle circa 1984 on her VCR. The interviewer takes us inside the castle! Watch this video taken from a very old VHS tape.
In the video I found for the first time that Harry was shot in the foyer of this home. He survived and thus began his campaign of building gun turets and the many secret tunnels to be used for escape from real or imagined enemies.
Also actual footage of the lion and tiger dens built under the home. I thought the big cats might be a rumor but they really were allowed to run free on the fenced in property at night.
The Castle Rise and Fall of Harry Bennett Harry's Lodge in Clare, MI NEW PHOTOS Henry Ford Unmasked at Last!! June 2, 2003 BY SHERYL JAMES DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER It was Sept. 21, 1945 -- the date of the famous executive shootout at the Ford Motor Co. On one side of Henry Ford II's office at the company's Rouge complex in Dearborn was young Henry himself. He was 28, a tall man with a boxy build. Moments earlier, he had been voted president of his grandfather's company. Facing him was Harry Bennett, 53, America's most-reviled corporate thug, the very stuff of wax museums. Head of the infamous Ford Service Department and for years a Rasputin-like confidant of an aging, ill Henry Ford, Bennett was vicious and powerful and everyone knew it, including Henry II. It was an understatement to say the men disliked one another. Ford eyed the short, stocky Bennett. Inside, he admitted later, he was flat-out scared of the guy. Bennett had good friends who were gangsters, several pet lions and a gun in his desk. Worse, he had everything to lose: Until that day, he believed old man Ford had fixed it so he would be president, not this spoiled Ford brat. But that was before the Ford women got involved, and now -- well, it was time for Henry II to rid the company of this cancer.
HB Pool in 1984Rumor was a third tunnel leading down to the pool and the boathouse; as well as, a tunnel from the boathouse under the Huron river to the “island”. The third tunnel does exist. Access to it is through the hidden room behind the hidden room. Which is where Bennett would lock people in at times. The Roman bath was indeed tiled and had a sink and toilet. at the end of the west tunnel Bennett signed his name is the concert along with his kids name and wife. The house was my play ground. There were cement trees (only two). The Starks were the second owners of the 152 acres. Which they had broken up the land and selling it. When my parents bought the place we owned 9 acres. Which included the main house, the mother-in-laws house, the guest house (theater), an old pool (which use to be an indoor pool), two pastures, the boathouse (which has the mural painted inside), then there was what we called “duck land”. Duck land had little houses with a damn and a replica of the White House! And ,yes there was a light house as well. In Bennett’s day the property was beautiful. At some point, the property didn’t have the same care as in Bennett’s time. Indoor pool collapsed. Overgrowth. On another note: it was a fun house to throw a party in! :) It was also, a scary place at night. From experience, this place was very haunted! The basement and tunnels were filled with noises. Foot steps, televisions turning on, the sinks turning on, and much much more. I know, because I grew up there.