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. WG Amusement Park is an abandoned amusement park, was established in 1850. 16. Jersey History. The amusement park closed in 2005 when its owners decided to pour all of its resources into the Williams Grove Speedway. It is standing but not operating. Any how, on to the photos. Williams Grove had its share of trials. Sep 28, 2012 - Carousel at Williams Grove, Pa Taken During The flea market about 2 years ago. Williams Grove later evolved into a fairground, but because amusement rides weren’t invented until the end of the 19th century the first rides were only installed in 1928. Not sure if that is true or not. In fact, the desolate park was considered so creepy that the owners decided to re-open it for one night only in 2016 on Halloween. The Photos Of The Abandoned Williams Grove Amusement Park In Pennsylvania Are Chilling. Many of the rides were relocated to Williams Grove from the defunct New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, which closed in 1972. The owners still live there and are trying to preserve the park. Explore. Photography Subjects. Everything was sold in 1972 for $1.2 million to the Hughes family, and more rides were added, many of which were from the closed Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. This page is to remember Williams Grove Amusement Park. The biggest change came in 1972 when the park was purchased for 1.2M and many rides were imported from the defunct Palisades Amusement Park which closed that year (the year after I was born!) Williams Grove Amusement Park has quite a long-standing history. The grove would within a few years grow into a park. oh and bacon. A few of the rides were relocated elsewhere, but remnants of some—including Dante’s Inferno, a water slide platform and the skeleton of the Cyclone—are still partially standing, creating a haunting scene for urbex enthusiasts to photograph and explore. Looking for statistics on the fastest, tallest or longest roller coasters? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Hulme Hippodrome – Legendary Manchester Theatre Slowly decaying in Silence, Kolmanskop was once a thriving diamond mine, now is a ghost town swallowed by the Namib desert. ( Log Out /  All the rides except the Cyclone roller coaster were sold off. The park operated from 1850 until 2005. Find it all and much more with the interactive Roller Coaster Database. Here is Roadside Americas page about Williams Grove, Posted by Crystal decker on October 30, 2015 at 4:43 AM, I used to go there as a child for family gathering i rode all the rides there it was a fun fun place to go i miss it so much i wish they would reopen it so i can take my kids there so they can experience the fun that i had as a child, Posted by globaldinosaursupply on November 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM. Author: dfirecop CC BY-ND 2.0. There were also two fun-house rides and in the early 1980s the park erected one of the first water slides in the area. 1.8K likes. The rides were auctioned off the same year. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It's been abandoned for about 6 years, and was originally built in the 1930's. . Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 2 Comments. Eventually, though, it was a lack of interest instead of an act of God that caused the owners to shut … Williams Grove Amusement Park is an abandoned amusement park near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The Williams family began hosting picnics here in 1850, eventually becoming the Mechanicsburg Fairgrounds. Author: David Trawin CC BY-SA 2.0, Williams Grove Amusement Park officially closed in 2005. The also park had two smaller coasters, Kiddie Coaster, 1992 until closing, and the Little Dipper, 1950 until 1963. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Williams Grove Amusement Park was a family-oriented amusement park located just outside Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, that operated from 1850 until 2005. 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. 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. 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. The grounds are still maintained and in good condition though most of the buildings are not in very good shape are 10 years of non-use. The main drag at the abandoned Williams Grove Amusement Park in Mechanicsburg, PA. A three exposure HDR. Author: dfirecop CC BY-ND 2.0. Carousel at Williams Grove, Pa Taken During The flea market about 2 years ago. The park continued entertaining locals thru the 80s when a steel roller coaster was built, and received various face lifts and changes in rides as many parks do. Water park slide. In the early 1980s, the park erected The Wildcat, a steel Wildcat-style roller coaster. Monroe Township's much-loved Williams Grove Amusement Park might not open this summer if owner Morgan Hughes, 86, can't find a new management team. Williams Grove Amusement Park has quite a long-standing history, with its origins dating all the way back to 1850. The owners still live there and are trying to preserve the park and the historic buildings on the property but face frequent vandalism. Tagged: Abandoned, cyclone, PA, palisades amusement park, Pennsylvania, rolerl coaster, Urban Exploration, williams grove. Photography. The Williams family began hosting picnics and social activities in the village of Williams Grove as early as the 1850s. Williams Grove Amusement park & Grangers Annual Steam Show - 9-3-05. Morgan Hughes purchased the park in 1972 for $1.2 million. Morgan Hughes purchased the park in 1972 for $1.2 million. The adjacent Williams Grove Speedway half-mile track opened in 1938, just prior to World War II. Hearkening back to an era when America's dirt tracks were as much a part of county fairs and amusement parks as peanuts and cotton candy, Williams Grove Speedway is located in south central Pennsylvania adjacent to the amusement park established by the Williams family in the 1850s. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. So who owns the place? Find it all and much more with the interactive Roller Coaster Database. Author: David Trawin CC BY-SA 2.0, Water park. The first rides were built in 1928 and the Speedway opened in 1938. Williams Grove Amusement Park is located in Mechanicsburg, PA, right down the road from the Williams Grove Speedway and the Williams Grove Steam Engine Association. It is standing but not operating. Halloween Park has teamed up with the owners of the dilapidated Williams Grove Amusement Park to reopen the park for a horror attraction on Halloween night. 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