Chesterfield, New Hampshire: Stairway to Nowhere

Now surrounded by forest, the rock staircase was once part of a castle built by an eccentric widow. The castle burned to the ground in 1962.

Madame Sherri Forest

Castle Rd, Chesterfield, NH
Madame Sherri Forest. Just east of CT River on Hwy 9/Franklin Pierce Hwy turn south at post office onto Gulf Rd. Drive 2.3 miles, parking lot on right. Short walk to wooden bridge across an old artificial pond. A few yards up the path are ruins.
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Stairway to Nowhere

It is easy to miss the first turn that is described as turning at the post office. Cross the bridge on #9 and take the first right turn. This is only about one block after crossing the river. Go about 100 yards and turn left at the first possible turn. Then travel on Gulf Road about two miles until the parking lot. The parking lot on the right is closest. There is a secondary lot to the left and up the hill about 50 yards. The stairway is a short walk across the wood bridge and to the right trail. Arrive early or late to avoid crowds.

[Bruce Johnson, 10/13/2020]


Stairway to Nowhere

A little ways off the beaten path, but such a cool history and interesting story behind this spot. Other walking trails, too, for a longer nature experience.

[Christine, 07/26/2017]

Castle ruins.

Staircase to Nowhere

The parking lot is located on Gulf Road -- just follow the road until you get to the cornerish part.

As we were driving down the road an officer pulled up beside us and asked what we were looking for. He was extremely helpful and nice. I guess they get quite a few people looking for it.

Great stop. There is more to the house left than I originally thought. The parking lot has an informative sign about Madame Sherri and the place itself.

[Jennifer Avery, 07/27/2015]


Stairway to Nowhere

I stopped by Madame Sherri's Forest to see the "Stairway to Nowhere." It's maybe 200 yards from the parking area. Not only is the stone staircase there, but the stone remains of the house, including a cellar full of creepy graffiti, is nearby.

[Tom Breen, 10/22/2014]

Built by the colorful "Madame Sherri" in 1931, the castle formerly connected to the stairway burned to the ground in 1962.

Stairway to Nowhere

Madame Sherri's forest contains the remains of Madame Sherri's estate. Oddly enough, it burnt down the day she was admitted to a nursing home in Brattleboro, VT.

The stairs and stone walls are the only remains of the once beautiful estate that occupied the property. There is also a stone-walled pond on the property.

[Gayle Hedrington, 07/25/2010]

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