March 12, 2018
If you’ve ever wanted to dive deeper into classic fairy tales, you may have enjoyed Maryland’s once famous attraction the Enchanted Forest. But what happens to all of the buildings and unique concrete structures of a 1950s amusement park when it closes? In this case, they found a second life as part of Clark’s Elioak Farm, thanks to the efforts of the petting farm’s owner, Martha Clark, as well as the many who volunteered. Stick around to learn about the history of this Maryland icon, the story of a roadside attraction being saved by the community around it, and what it takes to maintain a massive concrete shoe. This is better than a bag of magic beans, this is PreserveCast!
In 2016, Preservation Maryland and Preservation Howard County hosted a preservation table at the 60th anniversary celebration at Enchanted Forest. You can celebrate your memories of the Enchanted Forest with Martha Clark’s book “The Enchanted Forest: Memories of Maryland’s Storybook Park,” and this DVD with vintage footage.