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Make Fantasy A Reality At Bill Miller's Castle

By Keith Donaldson

Located in Branford, Bill Miller's Castle has been many things in its time and is currently a wonderous event space for weddings and functions. Lisa Miller Smith, owner and event coordinator, answered some of our questions about the castle.

How would you describe the interior of the castle? Why should visitors come on special occasions such as Valentine's Day or Thanksgiving?

The Castle has been a Branford landmark since it originated as a barn in the 1800s. It was turned into a restaurant in the early 1900's and then purchased by The Miller Family in 1963 when it was then renovated to be a Dance Facility. Once in full operation, "Bill Miller's Dance Barn" started hosting functions on the weekends. Many people will remember "Cheri's Shack" the first discotheque in the state hosting live bands and Go Go girls.

Moving into the 90's parties and weddings became more prevalent than the Dance studio that so many residents had once attended. Bill Miller then stated enlarging the Venue to eventually turn it into the Castle it is today.

Why should potential clients host special events such as weddings at your establishment?

The Castle is a building like no other. It is built out of mostly recycled material such as the old wooden lampposts from the Merritt Parkway, barn wood from old tobacco barns, windows and gates from Yale, chandeliers from the Taft Hotel, and railings from the old Providence Opera House and also the PT Barnam estate. It is then enhanced by the numerous antiques collected over the years to give it ultimate rustic elegance & charm.

What else would you like to convey to the public what you do? What do you enjoy about your job?

Bill Miller's Castle is still a family run business for over 50 years. Hosting numerous private and public functions for people to come and enjoy all year long. Personal service and attention to detail is given at every event.

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