I remember going there, it was so far!
I can’t count the times I have heard that spoken. What were people
It was traveling from Baltimore city to Ellicott City for a visit to
the Enchanted Forest.
When the subject of the Enchanted Forest comes up, it becomes a contest
of people sharing their memories at the park.
Those who are new to the area may think the Enchanted Forest is just
the name for the Safeway shopping center, there is more to it. For
those that grew up going to the park, I hope to bring back good
The Enchanted Forest was a theme park located at the current
Safeway location on U.S. Route 40. The park opened in 1955, a month
after Disneyland Park’s opening. The park had a nursery rhyme theme
with fairy tale buildings and characters. Admission was fifty cents for
The park has been featured in many movies; probably the most famous was
Cry Baby with Johnny Depp.
The owner of a nearby farm has moved and preserved many of the pieces
of the park.
The Enchanted Forest amusement park that was in Ellicott City,
Maryland, opened on August 15, 1955, almost a month after Disneyland.
opened by a former motor court operator Howard Harrison, the
park was themed around familiar nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
A few of the attractions included animated characters, walk-through
houses, antique cars and a petting zoo.
The park had more than 20 acres of brightly colored concrete
structures, rides and characters
The Enchanted Forest also opened its doors to everyone, no matter what
race. At this time schools in rural Howard County were segregated, this
theme park welcomed all.
The Enchanted Forest began to lose the competition for kids’
attention—mainly to television, video arcades and other larger parks in
Despite nearly 400,000 visitors a year, the park was sold.
The park was downsized by the early 1990s; the park was completely shut
The next phase.
In 2004, a charity auction placed the park in the public eye.
In the summer of 2004, Martha Clark acquired the Enchanted Forest’s
Cinderella pumpkin and put it on her farm.
It took Clark over a decade and, but every single piece left in the
forest—more than 100, all
told was brought over to her farm. The last pieces, including the
iconic dragon and castle, were finally moved.
To view the entire article, visit smithsonian.com.
Magic is still around
Today most of the pieces are found at Clark’s Elioak
Farm. In 2015 the farm was approached by Kimco Realty Co. to see if
they wanted the white Entrance Castle, they said yes.
To view information on the pieces and history of the move click here.
Over the years
If you would like to take a pictorial trip of the park then and now, click
here to visit Baltimore Sun article.
If you Google Abandoned Enchanted Forest Maryland you will find many
stories photographs and videos of the park. Click here
for a glimpse at a few of the last remnants before the fairy tale came
back to life.
November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm