Governor Waller Castle // c.1905

Who doesn’t love a good castle?! This stunning stone house atop a hill in Neptune Park, a neighborhood of summer cottages at the southern tip of New London, CT, was built around 1905 for Thomas M. Waller (1839-1924), an attorney and 51st Governor of Connecticut. Some estimate that the “castle” is much older (1850s), and was built by Samuel Mackenzie Elliott, a prominent NY doctor and abolitionist, but I could not prove that, though the street name “Elliott Ave” is a good starting point. The home was occupied by former Governor Thomas Waller as a summer retreat while he ran his legal office in downtown New London. The home suffered neglect (and possibly a fire) and was partly rebuilt with a new rear wing fronting the ocean proving amazing views of the Long Island Sound.

4 thoughts on “Governor Waller Castle // c.1905

  1. Jennifer July 15, 2021 / 8:43 am

    I have a drawing of the original castle, the one built by Dr. Elliott. The doctor sponsored my great grand mother and great aunts to come to America and study to become nurses. They lived in that home for a brief period of time.

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    • Buildings of New England July 16, 2021 / 7:47 am

      Whaaaat?! That’s awesome! He was a great person from what I’ve read. I’d love to see the drawing


  2. Lisa waller September 17, 2022 / 10:21 pm

    My husband is Leroy waller. Is this estate still owned by the Waller’s?


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