Many of you who live in the Seacoast New Hampshire region are familiar with Castle Anam Cara. In fact, Castle Anam Cara is quite well known nationally. But were you aware of the fact that Castle Anam Cara was designed, engineered and hand built by David “DR. TOMATO” O’Connor? It is also the home of Dr. Tomato and Loretta Salazar, the Lady of the Castle.
Both home school and public school students from all over New England come to study Medieval history and daily life within the walls of this replica of a 10th century Celtic castle keep. Engineers and builders come to look at the innovative design and construction elements. Individuals and families interested in self sufficient, self-responsible, simple living come to learn how to gradually move in a more self reliant direction. And people come just because they are curious.
Dr. Tomato and Loretta are both artists and performers. There is a full blacksmith shop on the grounds as well as a silversmith shop. When you visit the Castle, you are apt to hear Dr. Tomato playing the Highland bagpipes or see him practicing wire walking while juggling flaming axes.
From the 1000 gallon rainwater collection and irrigation system to the roof top hot air solar collectors, there is a lot to look at.
DR. TOMATO and Loretta have once again begun to open their home – Castle Anam Cara – so that you can come and visit this well known Seacoast location. The Castle is located at 40 Hansonville Road in Barrington. If you are on Rte 125 heading North towards Rochester, you come to the intersection of Rte 125 and Rte 9. There is an Irving gas station on your right and Calef’s Country Store is visible to your left. Continue NORTH on Rte 125 for 1.5 miles. Take a LEFT on Greenhill Rd. and go 1.6 miles. Take a right onto Hansonville Road. We are down on the RIGHT about 500 feet. Pull into the driveway and there is plenty of parking. Check on the Castle Anam Cara website for visiting hours. Donations are gladly accepted to help us carry on the educational work here at the Castle.
Since we are very “different” according to the insurance industry, we can’t get insurance for the Castle. Therefore, if you wish to visit and tour the Castle, you will need to sign a liability waiver when you arrive. To see the Castle in advance, visit our website at:
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