William Gillette

William Gillette’s Last Performance – Today in History: February 27

February 27, 2018

On February 27, 1936, William Gillette made his last appearance on any Connecticut stage at the Bushnell Memorial auditorium in... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Hartford, Popular Culture, William Gillette

Holmes at Home: The Life of William Gillette

February 27, 2017

William Gillette was an American actor, playwright, and stage director most famous for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and for the stone castle he built in East Haddam. …[more]

Categories: Arts, East Haddam, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Mark Twain, Popular Culture, William Gillette

Video – William Gillette’s Railroad

July 24, 2016

YouTube – CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Actor William Gillette is featured in this two-minute newsreel, “Sherlock Holmes... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Bristol, East Haddam, Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, William Gillette

Aunt Polly and Its Preservation

May 17, 2015

Screen actor, director, and playwright William Gillette owned a houseboat he named Aunt Polly. He lived on the boat and entertained there while he awaited final construction of his Connecticut mansion in East Haddam. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Disaster, East Haddam, Historic Preservation, Popular Culture, William Gillette

American Actor Changes 19th-Century Theater – Who Knew?

October 30, 2014

Hartford-born William Gillette, known best for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in film and theater, was also a successful playwright. His 1886 Civil War drama, Held by the Enemy, earned accolades from British critics and audiences and helped change perceptions of American art forms overseas. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Popular Culture, William Gillette

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Where Mr. Twain and Mrs. Stowe Built Their Dream Houses

June 14, 2014

This bucolic oasis on Hartford's western edge became home to great literary talents, social reformers, politicians, and other nationally-regarded luminaries of the mid-to-late 1800s.  …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Literature, Mark Twain, Thomas Hooker, William Gillette

Harriet Beecher Stowe's residence

Hartford’s Nook Farm

June 5, 2014

This small enclave in the capital city’s west end became home to many of the 19th century’s most celebrated and creative personalities. …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Literature, Mark Twain, William Gillette

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