Enchanted Forest

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Once upon a time, there was a wonderful storybook park in Ellicott City, Maryland called The Enchanted Forest. Opened in 1955, it thrilled and delighted generations of families from far and wide throughout the next 30 years. It was the first Theme Park in Maryland, the first Theme Park on the East Coast and the second oldest Theme Park in the USA. (Disneyland, the oldest, opened a month earlier.) At a time when the country - including Disneyland - was still segregated, The Enchanted Forest welcomed everyone.

The park began on 20 acres, later expanded to 52 acres and then it reduced to 32 acres after Bethany Woods was built. The park changed hands many times, eventually becoming a strip mall - with some of the attractions still left, partially integrated into the strip mall. The carousel remained, covered up, as well as the entrance castle, and many small buildings hidden behind the stores.

The site was used for part of the Johnny Depp movie "Cry Baby"

Beginning in 2004 Clarks Eiloak Farm began acquiring the remaining EF structures to restore and recreate the Enchanted Forest on their property. The Cinderella Pumpkin Coach was the first item they moved. For more information please visit http://www.clarklandfarm.com/CEF%20EF%20Page.htm

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