I'm trying to gain access to take pictures, and do it the safe way. Many of the rides were relocated to Williams Grove from the defunct New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, which closed in 1972. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Dating to 1850, Williams Grove Amusement Park remained open until 2005. Williams Grove Amusement Park – Pennsylvania. This 'home made' coaster includes this 45 degree hill! Morgan Hughes purchased the park in 1972 for $1.2 million. A rather old German man owns/operates the park and for the most part hasn't upgraded much of anything for years! Reblog. Had a long grey beard. Ownership changed hands several over the years and it grew into a pay-per-ride amusement park in the late 1920s. And a gentleman we call Benz (spelling??) About Us – Hughes says he is willing to sell the park for $6 million. So, I’m not sure what this one was for? Brought back allot of memories. Carlisle businessman Ted Hill, who works to bring old-fashioned circus shows to central Pennsylvania, says he has always enjoyed small amusement parks like Williams Grove. Williams Grove Amusement Park. The only condition is that it must remain an amusement park. Williams Grove Amusement Park Williams Grove (Mechanicsburg), PA RideZone is not affiliated in any way with this Amusement Park. The Rev. © 1996–2020 Ultimate Rollercoaster®, LLC. The park endured its ups and downs throughout its lifetime: the grounds suffered floods throughout the years due to its proximity to the Yellow Breeches Creek. I actually just stopped by today on my way through and yes, there’s no trespassing signs everywhere and metal pokey things too to keep trespassers away. Williams Grove Park Owner Seeks Buyer Or Operator. He doesn't want to see the park torn down. Owner Morgan Hughes, 86, has been seeking a buyer for the amusement park or a management team to operate it for several months. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a91373751c45366a6f101d442214c438" );document.getElementById("a70f1dc4f9").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. If the right person comes forward the park could open in a couple of weeks. The amusement park shut down because the family who operated it (the Hughes) decided to focus entirely on the Williams Grove Speedway, which is still a major attraction in the area. Williams Grove Amusement Park: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The flea market is held every Sunday from dawn until 2 pm. Would think with a track like that, the owner would receive more publicity. Site Map – Schatz Holds Off Larson, Wins Williams Grove 75K National Open Freddie Rahmer Is 2020 Track Champion Mechanicsburg – Donny Schatz won the biggest sprint car race in the nation on Saturday night, taking the 58th annual, $75,000 to win World of Outlaws Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. About 3 years ago, the former grounds became the host of a weekly flea market. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. I know how you feel, Donna. Williams Grove Amusement Park earned a spot in plenty of Pennsylvanians’ memories. Not sure if that is true or not. Seeing the dates, of all the comments prior to mine, I am definitely a bit late to this party lol. Any ideas who owns it? The 2 waterslides of Williams Grove Amusement Park were the first waterslides in the area and installed in the 1980s. Yes I went there when west fairview have there town picnice there.I went there when I was a little kid. So, today I finally made the stop by. (formerly Williams Grove Amusement Park) 1550 Williams Grove Road Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania *note: the flea market inside the park no longer operates. The biggest difference, other than prices, was the fact that we couldn’t even get in before 10am! The adjacent Williams Grove Speedway half-mile track opened in 1938. Meanwhile Hughes says the amusement park has been prepared to operate this summer just in case a buyer or operator is found. What's New I dare you to go inside. He won’t ever remember but I’m so grateful he is included in the memories(and lots of pictures)of being there! Does anyone know the name of the head mechanic? ❤, Your email address will not be published. Two decades later, the park became the Mechanicsburg Fairgrounds. With my new job, I travel frequently to the Harrisburg Area from Pittsburgh. I believe that this building was beside the “Dantes Inferno” dark ride (complete with pretzel cars). Williams Grove Cyclone Wooden Roller Coasters Front Seat POV - Williams Grove, PA. Spring-fed pond with island gazebo inside the park … it was in better shape than I would have guessed. Competition from Hershey Park and other regional venues didn’t help matters. cutthroatbunny … The “Wacky Shack” at the abandoned Williams Grove Amusement Park. The Williams family began hosting picnics in 1850 at a small grove located in the village of Williams Grove outside Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I believe it was the annual car show at the Williams Grove Amusement Park near Mechanicsburg, Pa. For many years, it was an event of the AACA's Gettysburg Region. By 2006, the owner was in his mid-80s and unable to find someone to purchase the park and keep it operational. The waterslides have since been removed and the platforms are all that remains. Your email address will not be published. Mechanicsburg, PA-- Williams Grove Amusement Park will not open this summer unless a buyer comes forward or a qualified management team is found to operate the park.. I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. It’s so sad it watch it fall apart over the years. Below are some of the images I captured last weekend. Williams Grove Amusement Park One Park Avenue Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 General Information Call Phone: 717-697-8266 Toll Free: 866-697-9633 Williams Grove Website. google.com, pub-992892245, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0, Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by Wordpress, Jimvid’s pics (taken the day before the park closed). Required fields are marked *. Williams Grove vs. Conneaut Lake Park: coastercrazy28: 6/23/09 7:28 PM: For several weeks now I had been planning to try and stop by Williams Grove. Opens in new window 1,887 notes Text Post posted 2 years ago. Other rides and entertainment include - Twister, Tilt-A-Whirl, The Octopus, The carousel, Kiddie train ride, bumper cars, laser tag, and the fun house. And the marry go round. Williams Grove vs. Conneaut Lake Park Showing 1-13 of 13 messages. The original Williams Family began having picnics and social activities at this site as early as the 1850s. Use of this site is governed by our Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy. Is it just leased out? (from the bridge between the Speedway and the old park). The Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association (adjacent to the park) is still held every Sunday from dawn – 2pm. Elmer Ritzman, founder of Iron-Men Album, was on hand to help organize. Media Coverage On February tenth 2007, all the rides will be auctioned off in preparation to turn the land into a flea market. We would cook breakfast and listen the the sermon. The flea market area, known as the Park Market and located on the grounds of the former Williams Grove Amusement Park, is now closed. The Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association also holds a flea market during the same hours on their adjacent property (you can easily park at one market and walk to the other). (the full collection is in the gallery at the end of the post), It’s sad to see the days of the amusement park are over … but life goes on. William's Grove Amusement Park Williams Grove, PA Official Web Site! I recall an ALL WOODEN carousel …even the gears and workings were wood. A lot.. The park … I dont understand why u cant walk around and look at everything that once was a very cool place to go as a kid i loved it and wish i could take my son there but no trespassing and signs is a little much. This family-oriented amusement park actually operated with real success for more than a century before closing. Williams Grove Amusement Park, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania In 1972 the park was sold to a man named Morgan Hughes, and it immediately seemed as though the writing was on the wall. The Williams Grove Speedway (located right beside the park’s entrance) was built in 1938 and is still used today. Hey there. I remember that being the coolest ride in the park. Williams Grove Park was nearly destroyed in the summer of the same year due to Hurricane Agnes and the subsequent flooding from nearby Yellow Breeches Creek. There were new potted flowers (fake or real?) Business at the speedway has increased recently since Williams Grove took over some of the racing programs from Silver Springs Speedway. After World War I, the park's ownership changed hands several times. Several interested buyers have come forward, but no one with enough cash or the right experience. My son was a year old that year. My favorite why were the helicopters. in side the gate and by the one building/house and one of the poles had lights lit on it. (Patriot-News file) Posted by wendyvee on Oct 12, 2010 in amusement parks, Featured Articles, Tacky, Cool, or Weird | 119 comments, *note: the flea market inside the park no longer operates. who fixed everything and was able to get on the carousel while it was moving with 2 full cups of coffee, get off inside and not spill a drop. Anybody know about the Grove? I ran the roller coaster and worked odd jobs for Morgan Hughes. It's a pretty old looking ride that has been re-built in house many times. Contact Us – I worked at Williams Grove the year of the flood. This 90-acre spot has spaces for more than 500 vendors and is owned by the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association. He says he has no interest in selling the park to a developer. Cyclone (Williams Grove Amusement Park, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) Image: David Trawin, Flickr. I thought that I would recognize the Bumper Car building, but I didn’t. The amusement park was a small, locally owned park, and it closed down maybe 10 years ago. Within two years of the Williams family hosting its first picnic in a small grove close to Mechanicsburg in 1950, a fairground had taken root on the site. In the summer of 1972, the park was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Agness. You can also subscribe without commenting. The first rides appeared at the park in 1928. > Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association. It started in 1850, when the Williams family began hosting picnics in Williams Grove, outside of Mechanicsburg. In late 1937, car owner at that time, Emmett Shelley convinced Williams Grove Park Owner Roy Richwine to build a speedway across the street from the park and on May 21, 1939, Williams Grove Speedway held its first race. According to Hughes, the Loh's will now devote all of their time at the speedway instead of sharing the duties between the two. 2005 was the last year we were there, which is the last year it was open. Today, the abandoned amusement park sits empty, a shell of its former self. Opens in new window. Found in an earlier forum on the net that the owners are more amusement park people, just happens to be a race track on their property. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Hughes for all the years of fun. From that meeting has grown a strong organization which involves families as well as individuals, and women as well as men. Williams Grove Amusement Park in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania operated for more than 150 years, from 1850 until 2005 when it shut its doors for good. 3 > IMGP1503.JPG 3 / 20 IMGP1503.JPG Description As these gatherings grew its popularity increased and they decided to add some rides and turn it into a Fairground! Someone has to have enough money to bring the park back, who owns the property now? It's a historic park with the Williams Grove speedway and the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Society nearby. Skip navigation ... Willow Grove Amusement Park, Willow Grove, Pa. (circa 1960) - Duration: 12:52. Those eager for an in-person glimpse may want to visit sooner rather than later. The large open building was an outdoor music pavilion. Rides: Adult Rides, Kiddie Rides, Family Rides, and Attractions, Games and Food, Williams Grove has them all. The upper area, known as the Farmers' Flea Market, is still opened. Initially, I thought that this was the carousel shelter … but I found that a few minutes later. Williams Grove is closed. When my children were born I took them there and started them on the rides since they were 3 yrs old. Sadly, Williams Grove has been auctioned off in September of 2007. Thank you for passing this. Hughes has owned the Williams Grove amusement park and speedway since 1971. My first memories are meeting at my grandparents house, before the sun came up, driving over an hour, getting there around 7am to make sure we got one of the nice pavilions at the entrance by the covered bridge. The annual Williams Grove Steam Engine Celebration, 10 miles south of Harrisburg, Pa., began in Nellie's Diner at Dillsburg on March 25, 1959. The change in business is forcing Hughes to either sell the amusement park or find a manager to operate it. It looks lost and forlorn … but the cars look practically brand new! I use to live in trailer park next too it as a kid growning up plus I use to go there all the time. I knew that most of the rides had been auctioned or sold in 2006/2007 and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about seeing the park in its present state. I am 60 now and went to this park since I was a little girl. The Red Streaker, a wooden coaster built in the 1950s, was bought by David Pickstone during an auction at Willow Mill Park in 1994. Before I was born(I’m 41), every year on Labor day weekend(Sunday), my mom’s side of the family would gather for their reunion. They are listed on … About a year ago I saw a show on our PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network) channel about Williams Grove. Warning: Williams Grove Amusement Park sits on private property. According to Vince Gargiulo, Mickey Hughes operated Williams Grove Amusement Park through 2006, when he sought a buyer to operate the park. The Dillsburg and Mechanicsburg Railroad was built with the backing of the Cumberland Valley Railroad primarily to haul iron ore from the vast reserves around Dillsburg to furnaces in the Harrisburg region. No one purchased the Cylone Roller Coaster. Williams Grove Amusement Park closed in 2005 (87 or so years after the first rides were added to the picnic grove). Even though I hadn’t been to the amusement park for years … I hesitated visiting the new flea market. The Cyclone is the main draw here. Williams Grove will be missed. The ghosts of past spook rides, the likes of Dante’s Inferno, at the former Williams Grove Park in Monroe Township, Le Cachot at Kennywood, and Castle Dracula and Brigantine Castle in … I live out of state now and still bummed that my grandchildren never got to enjoy it. I had not been Within a few years, the grove was developed into a park. Here is the sign before entering the … The site is now mostly an amusement park, but the annual Grange picnic continues (always held on the week leading up to Labor Day), with steam-powered farm tractor displays. #scary #creepy #abandoned #spooky . Fans still post details of visits they've made to the park on Facebook, where photos depict the park in its heyday. So who owns the place? I, too, am now reminiscing about my times spent at the amusement park! Be sure to check the related links to read more about Williams Grove and view images of the park when it was still a hoppin’ place , A view of the Yellow Breeches Creek (update: see Tony’s comment below), > Williams Grove Speedway Owner Morgan Hughes, 86, has been seeking a buyer for the amusement park or a management team to operate it for several months. Gary Harris, who deeded the amusement park over to a public trust in 1997, filed suit against Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Western Pennsylvania in August. I would love to get in to photograph the place and would love to contact the owner to do so. Sally Loh and her son Justin have operated the amusement park and neighboring speedway for a number of years. Share your thoughts about this story Add Your Comments now. If you are familiar with Williams Grove … perhaps it is in one of the pictures in my gallery below? Just after Hughes purchased the park in 1972, it was nearly destroyed in the summer of the same year due to Hurricane Agnes and the subsequent flooding from nearby Yellow Breeches Creek. The Williams Grove Special, a train on the old Dillsburg Line to the Williams Grove Amusement Park (37-F28-09 - Purchase Print). The land is still there, but the rides (I'm pretty sure) have been removed. In 1850, the Williams family hosted picnics on the property, and in 1928, the property grew into an amusement park as the first rides appeared. I’m not sure of the origins of this Church … but, believe it or not, it was briefly used for LAZER TAG! You may face trespassing charges if you attempt to go on the property. Mechanicsburg, PA -- Williams Grove Amusement Park will not open this summer unless a buyer comes forward or a qualified management team is found to operate the park. Williams Grove had its share of trials. Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Mechanicsburg > Williams Grove Amusement Park > Williams Grove January 2007 cont. Man the memories that we had of this place as a kid. The amusement park shut down 1989. Across the road from the park entrance, the half-mile Williams Grove Speedway (which is still in operation) was built just prior to World War II. Started back in 1850, with the Williams family hosting picnics in Williams Grove, just outside of Mechanicsburg. 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