Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Musings

Here is an interesting photo of a staircase to nowhere. This photo first caught my eye after it was published on Yankee Magazines facebook page. It intrigued me so I had to find out where it was from. Apparently it can be found in New England, specifically in Chestfield, NH at a place called The Madame Sherri Forest. The staircase is what is left of Madame Sherri's castle. Now I am even more intrigued and will have to explore the area in the upcoming warmer months. Although the snow may provide a wonderful contrast for photography, assuming it isn't buried. Here is a snippet of information from their website:
The 488 acres of the Madame Sherri Forest was generously donated for conservation to the Society for the Preservation 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.

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