The Williams family that lived near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania began hosting picnics at a small grove in 1850. The park is famous for featuring a 147 foot-long statue of Lemuel Gulliver, the main character from the novel, tied down to the ground. The spooky allure of a fair is made all the stronger when it’s an abandoned amusement park in Pennsylvania. There is not much left of this amusement park. The Williams family began hosting picnics here in 1850, eventually becoming the Mechanicsburg Fairgrounds. If you are planning a visit to see Williams Grove Amusement Park and would like to view a map of Mechanicsburg, PA, please use our RoadsideAmerica Attractions Map. I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. Rides: Adult Rides, Kiddie Rides, Family Rides, and Attractions, Games and Food, Williams Grove has them all. The park operated under the name Six Gun Territory from 1972. Morgan Hughes purchased the park in 1972 for $1.2 million. The amusement park closed in 2005 when its owners decided to pour all of its resources into the Williams Grove Speedway. You can find anything from pet food to toiletries to machinery...every Sunday morning! Over the next few years that grove grew into a full-fledged park, originally named the Mechanicsburg Fairgrounds. Theme Parks - Amusement Parks. As of September 18, it'll all be over: AUCTION - NORTON AUCTIONEERS Description: Williams Grove Amusement Park, Mechanicsburg, PA, Tues., Sept. 18th Mack TM Disco Star, TM Paratrooper and gas Twister, Dentzel 3-row MGR w/ menagerie animals, Mack Fun House, Pretzel Dark Ride, Everly Monster, (2) Hampton Umbrella Rides, AH Copter-Space Combo, Shiff Kid Coaster, Pinfari … It was generally an alternative to the Woodside Amusement Park in Fairmount Park until its closure. Home › Washing the dog, Victoria BC, April 1932. About 3 years ago, the former grounds became the host of a weekly flea market. The roller coaster is too unstable to climb. William’s Grove Amusement Park. The park was opened in 1850 as a picnic grove and closed in 2005. The biggest change… Built in 1955, this classic ride was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and was painstakingly restored by the family that owns the park. Williams Grove Amusement Park had very humble beginnings. I stopped at Williams Grove for the credits. Williams Grove was also the site of an amusement park, as well as a speedway which is still operating. The next morning we went to Pamela's for breakfast, then I headed back towards home. The Williams Grove flea market is a great place to find bargains on new and used items. Washing the dog, Victoria BC, April 1932. On February tenth 2007, all the rides will be auctioned off in preparation to turn the land into a flea market. The funhouse was good, but the best was Dante's Inferno. Williams Grove Amusement Park has quite a long-standing history, with its origins dating all the way back to 1850. The Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association (adjacent to the park) is still held every Sunday from dawn – 2pm. Willow Grove Park was an amusement park located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (the part which is in Abington Township), United States, that operated for eighty years from 1896 until the 1975 season. The grove would within a few years grow into a park. For the past decade, its remains have slowly decayed, becoming more and more overgrown with each passing year. it is non-serviced camping. Camping is also located at times on the Williams Grove Steam Engine grounds located off of Williams Grove; Access to the speedway through the old amusement park by foot. Williams Grove Amusement park is a true family affair! The original railroad 'junction' mentioned by the marker text has long since been dismantled, as the N-S railroad was removed. Media Coverage. Many of the rides were relocated to Williams Grove from the defunct New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, which closed in 1972. The building used to house a Traver Laff in the Dark that was destroyed by Hurricane Agnes. Williams Grove Amusement Park – Pennsylvania. The carnival is a creepy enough place to begin with: clowns, piping organ music, a mysterious atmosphere, and very overpriced food. Within two decades the park had grown into the Mechanicsburg Fairgrounds. Find it all and much more with the interactive Roller Coaster Database. The owners live on the property and have lost patience with tresspassers. 8. It's a historic park with the Williams Grove speedway and the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Society nearby. 79. I was the only one on the ride, and it had some good gags. 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. 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