Benson's Wild Animal Farm - The Memory Lives On

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

There is such an emotional attachment to places we cherish as children.  For many Massachusetts and New Hampshire families Benson's Wild Animal Farm was more than cotton candy, amusement rides, and Colossus the gorilla Benson's was a childhood treasure...documented in our old photographs and home movies.

Benson's Wild Animal Farm

 

If you were lucky enough to visit Benson's as a child, you most likely have a special place in your heart where you keep those memories. 

Benson's was for many years, and for many people, the destination for  family fun.

Benson's Wild Animal Farm was closed in November, 1987

 after 60 years of making Hudson, New Hampshire, a regional tourist attraction. 

 

 

 

Now, 23 years after closing it's doors, it has been reopened as Benson Park.   Volunteers have worked very hard clearing away years of neglect and vandal abuse to create a beautiful place to walk, bike or picnic.  

The zoo animals and amusement rides are gone, probably forever, but the memories live on. 

Benson's Gorilla House

 

 

Restoring several original landmarks is an ongoing process by volunteers.

 

 There are plans for the back of the gorilla house to become restrooms.

The front cage area will remain and be restored for historic purposes.

 

 

 

 

 On Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 9:00 am,  Benson Park is having a grand opening celebration with cake and refreshments for everyone! 

 

benson's old woman shoe

 

Tomorrow...

 I will share vintage photos from Benson's

 and some pictures I took

 when I recently visited the new Benson Park.  

 

 

 

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Debra Walsh
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I definitely agree about the emotional attachment to places from childhood.  How great that it is re-opening!  The fact that you can now go there with your grandchildren will make it oh so special.  They too will love the pictures from before and after.

August 31, 2010 07:24 PM
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Sharon Tara
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Lou:  I would love to visit there again with my two grandsons some day.

Leslie:  You should look into it.  I can't put into words how much feeling and emotion I experienced visiting there again.

Debra:  It won't have the wild animals or the amusement rides, but it will hold different memories for this next generation.

August 31, 2010 07:28 PM
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Unfortunately for me, the emotional attachment to many of my childhood memories is not a good one, but I've moved on. Life is so much more than just one phase.

September 03, 2010 07:33 PM
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Russel:  Sorry!  I'm so glad you have moved on.  You seem to be making some pretty happy memories for your future!

September 03, 2010 07:41 PM
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Make sure to check out the Benson Park Facebook page at " www.facebook.com/bensons.waf " a place where the past embraces the future with memories from the parks past present and future.

 

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