Antique carousel lands at small PA park

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Twin Grove Park & Campground, an amusement park near Pine Grove, Pa., has plunked down $40,000 to buy the 28-passenger merry-go-round from the Delaware River and Bay Authority, officials said Thursday

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I was wondering what was going on with Twin Grove. I heard about it reopening about over a year ago and then that was it. I just hope they can pull it off being in the shadow or Hershey and Knoebels. I also hear they have a Traver Circle Swing in stoage as well. I know I'll visit a few times to support them.

If anyone is wondering where Pine Grove is it's off of I-81 between the Hershey and Minersville exits (thats the one you take to go to Knoebels).

It seems they've really been focusing on getting the campground together. I hope the rumours about the classic rides they want to add are true. I'd love it if they got that Circle Swing operational.
It would be cool if they could buy the rides from Whalom too. PA needs another Tumble Bug!
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Whaloms Tumble Bug, Whip, and Carousel have been gone a while
Really, the Carousel? Last I heard (from a very reliable source) it was still in the park.

Where is the bug and the Whip? I heard Canobie bought some rides and maybe Edaville Railroad.

The carousel is gone. I know the man who owns it. He repopulated it and ran it the last season the park was open. The following winter he was ordered to remove it from the property. It's currently in storage.

As far as the machine Pine Grove bought, an Allen Herschell built in 1955 is hardly an antique. Old yes, but not an antique.*** This post was edited by Dutchman 2/6/2004 9:51:43 PM ***

Does anyone know what rides if any that Canobie Purchased from Whalom?
they used to have A building where the old carousel used to be but since they took it out its now the registration building!!!!!!


Pottsville PA Rocks (my town)

Some park needs to snatch Opryland's old carousel from the evil grip of Gaylord. That thing was amazing and truly one of a kind I believe. If you ever saw it you know what I'm talking about.
If You're talking about the big rolling gondola machine that was on the island, it was donated to the Historic Amusement Foundation before the park closed.*** This post was edited by Dutchman 2/8/2004 2:10:09 PM ***
Yep that's the one I was talking about Dutchman. Last I heard Gaylord still had it in storage here in Nashville, so it's good to know the carousel has fallen into good hands. Has the HAF rebuilt it?
Right now it takes about all they have to keep it under cover. They have been leasing out the portable carousels they have to help pay the bills.
Dutchman I tried finding a website for the Historic Amusement Foundation but had no luck. Is there one?
They do not have a website and I get the feeling they want to keep a low profile right now. they do have a bunch of interesting stuff though!

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