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Jeff Newcomer has been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town's wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center. Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a weekly blog about photography in New England.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Madame Sherri’s Album













If you live in Chesterfield, New Hampshire you have most likely heard of Madame Sherri and her mysterious "Castle" in the woods along the Gulf Road. Madame Antoinette Sherri was an extravagant Broadway costume designer during the era of magnificently staged reviews such as the Ziegfeld Follies. The Madame had a varied and mysterious life which I outline in my article this week for the New England Photography Guild Blog (To be Published 3/24/14). Today, she is mostly remembered for the summer retreat that she built in 1931 to entertain her friends from the city. All that remains of her "Castle" is the foundation and a marvelous native stone spiral staircase, which now rises sadly to the sky.

 

 




Recently Madame Sherri’s colorful life history has been exhaustively explored by fellow Chesterfield Conservation Commission Member Lynne Borofsky.  I partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society, Lynne has been able to answer many of the questions surrounding the Madame’s history, especially as related to her time in Chesterfield, but many mysteries remain.  Lynne has  also been fortunate to gain access to many photographs from Madame Sherri’s original photograph albums and it has been my privilege to work on the restoration of these images.  They provide a wonderfully personal window on the Madame’s life.  I have included some of the pictures in this week’s NEPG Blog, but since space was limited I decide to arrange more in this separate album.  





Young Madame
 

 
Andre & Madame



















Madame & Andre Puerto Rico Wedding

Madame and Pigeons 
Chain Smoker




Charles Lamaire





 
Primrose Path



Furlone Farm, Madame's Home
 
Main Stairway














 
Rare Castle Interior Image

After the fire

 
The Ruins

 

Mystery of Madame Sherri NEPG Article
  (to be published 3/24/14)




7 comments:

  1. So enjoyed this trip into days gone by! A fascinating lady that made her own way during this time.

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  2. Can't wait to go back

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  4. Enjoyed the photos and the story. Leslie from Albany, Indiana

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  5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Madame and the stories surrounding her fabulous Castle and her exciting life! Thank you for publishing these.

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  6. These scenery are looks very attractive .. A lot of thanks .


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  7. Have enjoyed this all so much! I am planning to make a day trip to visit our neighbor state and explore these ruins and surrounding forest. It is all so beautiful and certainly magical with a touch of sadness. Thank you for this opportunity!

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