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Collinwood Mansion - Collinwood was the eerie haunted mansion on the daytime occult serial DARK SHADOWS/ABC/1966-71.

Collinwood Mansion - DARK SHADOWS
Collinwood Mansion at Sunset

Located atop Widow's Hill, Collinwood is a 40-room mansion with turrets, stained-glass windows, high arching doorways near the town of Collinsport, Maine that overlooks a rocky, waved-tossed coastline on the Atlantic Ocean  The mansion was built in 1795 by Joshua Collins, the ancestor of Barnabas Collins  (Jonathan Frid), a 200-year-old vampire who is now the mansion's primary inhabitant in the 20th century. Throughout this mysterious edifice there are secret passages and weird staircases that act as portals to other times.  

"My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning - a journey that I hope will open the doors of life to me and link my past with my future. A journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place to the edge of the sea high atop Widow's Hill; a house called Collinwood. A world I've never known, with people I've never met. People, who tonight are still only shadows in my mind but who will soon fill the days and nights of my tomorrow..." -- First episode narration

Throughout the series and subsequent spin-off movies, a number of Connecticut, Maine, New York and Rhode Island area buildings and terrain were used to represent the Collinwood estate and its surrounding areas.

  • The Carey Mansion  in Newport County, Rhode Island was used as Collinwood Mansion. The Carey Mansion (formerly called "Seaview Terrace") was purchased by Martin Carey in 1974. Parts of the mansion are now leased by Salve Regina University.
  • The town of Essex, Connecticut represented the coastal town of Collinsport. 
  • The Three Bear's Inn in Westport, Connecticut was The Collinsport Inn.
  • The Lockwood-Mathews mansion in Norwalk, Connecticut was the setting for the abandoned Monastery on St Eustace Island.
  • The Spratt House (known to fans of DS as "The Old House"), a mansion on the Lyndhurst Estate of Tarrytown, New York was seen on the series. It was destroyed by fire in 1969.
  • The Lyndhurst Stables were used as Matthew Morgan's cottage and the Collinwood garages.
  • Kennebunkport, Maine served as the site for the wave-tossed rocks and cliffs seen in the opening credits.
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York, not very far from the Lyndhurst Mansion, was also seen on the series. The 90-acres landmark is famous for as the burial site of Washington Irving, the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

The Lyndhurst Mansion (known to fans of DS as "The New House"), a forbidding, limestone Gothic Revival country house (named because of the many Linden trees on the estate) served as Collinwood in the two MGM movies House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). The Lyndhurst Mansion is located on a 67-acre-park in Tarrytown, New York beside the Hudson River.

Interior shots for the original series were taped at ABC Studio 16, located on 433 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, between 9th and 10th Avenue.

Barnabas Collins at Collinwood - DARK SHADOWS
The eerie Collinwood Mansion and Barnabas Collins

Fans of Collinwood revisited the eerie estate on the revival series DARK SHADOWS/ABC/1991 when actor Ben Cross took over the role of the reluctant bloodsucker, Barnabas Collins. The show's new prime time budget enabled Dan Curtis, the original producer of the series to create a moodier, sexier and more violent show with elaborate sets and special effects.

Most of the new series was shot at Greystone Mansion, a 55-room home built in 1927-28 by oil baron Edward Doheny (now owned by the City of Beverly Hills) located at 905 Loma Vista Drive, north of Sunset Boulevard.

You may have seen the home in the motion picture The Witches of Eastwick (1987); or the TV miniseries WINDS OF WAR/ABC/1983 and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE/ABC/1988.

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