Driving through Oak Ridge, NJ with my daughter Deb we passed Fairy Tale Forest which used to be a thriving, magical and popular family spot. It was built in 1957 by hand by German immigrant Paul Woehle. CLICK HERE to read about the park.
The property is now owned by a storage company but as you can see some of the attractions are still in good shape. It is rumored the park will reopen in 2017 !
A lot of memories are contained within this park, my daughters were there when they were little as were my grandchildren.
In comparison to the condition and optimistic future of Fairy Tale Forest, The Land of Make Believe has been truly abandoned and left to ghosts of fairy tales. Take a look.
In the town of Hamburg, New Jersey stands an old mill and a gingerbread castle.
The Gingerbread Castle sits silently at the end of this driveway, surrounded not by a moat but by barbed wire fencing and ‘do not trespass’ signs.
Come closer and take a look…
Once upon a time, back in the late 1920’s, the Gingerbread Castle was the centerpiece of an amusement park built next to the Wheatsworth Mill. The Gingerbread Castle was in continuous operation until 1978… it reopened briefly in the ’80’s and then closed for good in 1989.
Fairy tale characters used to abound here… now, sitting alone on his wall only Humpty Dumpty remains.
The Gingerbread Castle is slowly fading away…
Sadly eventually only memories will remain.
There you have the story of two fairy tale themed parks… one with a hopefully happy ending, the other with no happy ending, just the end.
CLICK HERE to read about the Gingerbread Castle and Wheatsworth Mill)
Mary I. Weisbeck
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