Although a proper New England state, Connecticut is home to a number of castles—not just rich estates along the Gold Coast or metaphoric ones in the sense "a man's home is his castle." No, we're talking actual proper castles—gothic structures with stone walls, parapets, turrets and all the cachet that brings.

Here are a few from our recurring series "Castles in Connecticut":

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Hearthstone Castle, Danbury - Once upon a time a group of community activists, and state and city officials, rushed to save a historic Connecticut castle.

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Woodstock Castle - Once upon a time, a man with the riches of a prince built a castle in Woodstock as a home for his wife and family, but they didn’t live happily ever after…

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Hidden Valley Estate, Cornwall - "Like a fairytale." That's how people describe Hidden Valley Estate, in the northwestern Connecticut town of Cornwall in the Litchfield Hills, or as it is informally known, the Cornwall Castle.

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Gillette Castle, East Haddam - Gillette Castle, home of actor William Gillette, famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes, is open for summer season tours and is part of a great Connecticut state park.

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Castle Craig, Meriden - Situated on a stony peak in Meriden's Hubbard Park, Castle Craig offers majestic views of the state, from Long Island Sound.