Lost Limbs Foundation

Friday, April 26, 2013

Madame Sherri Forest


History and Haunting of :
Madame Sherri Forest, Chesterfield, New Hampshire, ,U.S.A
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Madame Sherri was a music hall singer in Paris in the early 1900′s. She married Andre Riela in Paris and they relocated to America in 1911 to join his family here. Madame Sherri and her husband became prominent theatrical costume designers and ran a successful costume shop in New York City. They are actually cited as having taught Charles LeMaire (the noted Hollywood costume designer) the art of costuming. During the Prohibition Era, Madame Sherri and her husband would travel to Chesterfield NH to “party” with friends of theirs from the Broadway scene. After her husbands death in NY in 1924, Madame Sherri purchased a farm in the area she had grown to love, on Gulf Road in Chesterfield. Her plan was to build herself a summer home. The exotic stone castle that she ended up having built in the woods, as well as her unique touring car (a cream colored Packard), her French accent, and of course the numerous interesting visitors from the theatrical world kept local gossips busy for years. Her pet monkey and her frequent chauffered rides around Brattleboro wearing nothing but a fur coat certainly added to the mystery and intrigue around this interesting woman. Rumors persist that Madame Sherri ran a brothel from the castle.In the 1950s the home was abandoned as Madame Sherri grew older and moved to Brattleboro’s Maple Rest home.Over the years her castle sat empty and had been looted and vandalized several times. In 1962 the castle burned to the ground. Madame Sherri made arrangements to have the grounds and castle remains sold. On the day the sale was finalized, Madame Sherri passed away. Many believe that this meant her spirit was tied to the castle and remains there to this day.
History and Haunting of :
 Madame Sherri Forest, Chesterfield, New Hampshire, ,U.S.A
"madame-sherri-of-chesterfield"
Madame Sherri was a music hall singer in Paris in the early 1900′s.  She married Andre Riela in Paris and they relocated to America in 1911 to join his family here.  Madame Sherri and her husband became prominent theatrical costume designers and ran a successful costume shop in New York City.  They are actually cited as having taught Charles LeMaire (the noted Hollywood costume designer) the art of costuming.   During the Prohibition Era, Madame Sherri and her husband would travel to Chesterfield NH to “party” with friends of theirs from the Broadway scene.  After her husbands death in NY in 1924, Madame Sherri purchased a farm in the area she had grown to love, on Gulf Road in Chesterfield.  Her plan was to build herself a summer home.  The exotic stone castle that she ended up having built in the woods, as well as her unique touring car (a cream colored Packard), her French accent, and of course the numerous interesting visitors from the theatrical world kept local gossips busy for years.  Her pet monkey and her frequent chauffered rides around Brattleboro wearing nothing but a fur coat certainly added to the mystery and intrigue around this interesting woman.  Rumors persist that Madame Sherri ran a brothel from the castle.In the 1950s the home was abandoned as Madame Sherri grew older and moved to Brattleboro’s Maple Rest home.Over the years her castle sat empty and had been looted and vandalized several times.  In 1962 the castle burned to the ground.  Madame Sherri made arrangements to have the grounds and castle remains sold.  On the day the sale was finalized, Madame Sherri passed away.  Many believe that this meant her spirit was tied to the castle and remains there to this day.