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Bancroft's Castle Infrared One

1906 - General William Bancroft, a Groton native who became head of the Boston Elevated Railroad and Mayor of Cambridge, began building a retirement home called Shawfieldmont at the crest of Gibbet Hill. Beginning with a modest bungalow, he planned to add a castle-like mansion and a stable, but ran out of money before the project was complete.

1918 - Property is sold to Harold Ayres, a prominent physician who turned the bungalow into a private sanitarium, which accepted “all but insane or contagious” patients for $20 per week.

1920s - Groton Private Hospital houses tuberculosis sufferers on its long open porches with views 30 miles to Mount Wachusett.

1930s - The Groton Hunt Club uses the bungalow for fox-hunting parties, dinners, dances and nature outings. In 1932 “careless reworks” are blamed for a fire that destroyed most of the bungalow, leaving only the remains of a stone observation tower intact. Gibbet Hill - Historic Timeline

The image was made with an infrared-converted Nikon D810 and 850nm cutoff filter, both by Kolari Vision.

Copyright: John Wood
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 19870x9935
Taken: 27/09/2018
Uploaded: 28/09/2018
Updated: 14/02/2019


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