Ellicott City, Maryland: Enchanted Forest - Clark's Elioak FarmFairy tale statues from a now-lost attraction have been saved and restored on a petting farm.
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The struggle to save Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland, appears to be over. Most of the fairy tale figures were moved to Clark's Elioak Farm, a nearby attraction, in early February.... [02/18/2005] Complete News Story
A friend and I drove past the Enchanted Forest on Baltimore National Pike and were delighted to see people painting the original sign and entrance into the old theme park. We were even more delighted when we stopped and they agreed to let us take a look inside. It was a fun hour stroll around the old place that I hadn't been to in 18 years. The trails are covered with forest plants and the remaining statues (Jack but no Jill, the cement mushroom seats, the blue fish with seats in his mouth, the lady swan and Jack and his beanstalk) are weathered but still standing proud. We walked through the old castle which has some severe structural damage and the magic mountain which is behind the castle, suffering from the same fate. I admired the fact that even though there were beer bottles, pot-pipes and cigarette butts everywhere (It is a party pad for local teenagers) there was not one bit of destruction to any of the old exhibits. It seems the teens just enjoy getting high and admiring this still very magical place. Good for them for having some respect and leaving the spray paint at home! I hope that one day it re-opens so kids can enjoy it again. I would go in a second![Dan Bell, 11/29/2004]
Enchanted Forest's Cinderella Pumpkin Coach has been saved locally and is on Clark's Elioak Farm. They restored it and it looks great. Rumors are still going on that the park will reopen. The latest rumor is that someone has bought the park and has plans to reopen it.[Brandy, 11/25/2004]
I visited the Enchanted Forest last week to take some photos. My students are using it as a case study in our summer historic preservation course. Sadly, last week on Channel 11 Baltimore News it was announced that Cinderella's Pumpkin would be auctioned off on Ebay. The park is fairly overgrown with weeds, but the structures still look pretty well intact and fairly in good condition to restore. The Preservation Howard County group still has the park on its 10 Most Endangered Sites in Howard County. Hopefully, things will move soon on this site before we lose it forever![Rhonda L. Deeg, 08/01/2004]
I was watching a movie on TV the other night when they show the Enchanted Forest as part of the movie Cry Baby. What a joy it brought to me to remember all the wonderful times I spent there as a child. At the age of 13 I went into a coma for almost a month. I came out of the coma, and though I had a full recovery, didn't realize that much of my childhood had been wiped from my memory. When seeing the Enchanted Forest on TV the other night it actually made me remember that park and how much fun it was. I sincerely hope to see it opened once again. As a 40 year old kid I now have the desire to go to see this park as soon as I can in hopes it is once again opened so that the many people who never spent any time there will get an opportunity to do so.[Kim Hinze, 01/12/2003]