There is also on the viewside, lower lefthand corner printed, George A. Wo But while guests trekked great distances to drink the spring water, running water was pumped into the hotel from a nearby reservoir: a big innovation for 1834. "Really the great period of the amusement park was in about 1900 to 1910 and then the automobile started and people started getting cars and they could go to other places," Ciosek said.". “You went up a series of steps because this Oak stood on what was called the brow of the hill.”. At no point is there evidence any Greek person controls all crime in the Western Hemisphere. As he took his place on the gallows Gangas laughed as they placed a black bag over his head (Evening Journal January 11, 1918). Ara Nicholas, wife of Nicholas. In next month’s History Matters, she’ll take us behind the scenes of the Brandywine Springs Friends group – and their efforts to keep history alive through a series of archaeology digs orchestrated alongside other community partners like New Castle County and professional archaeologists. The once-famous park is filled with history and has been the subject of our research on numerous projects. Delaware Public Media's Megan Pauly reports on a new federal grant supporting improvements on a historical First State house. Catherine Bodjaska was an innocent who through misfortune encountered a human beast. With spring-like weather ahead, Brandywine Springs is a … Our plan is to create a historical nature walk. Delaware Public Media's Megan Pauly explores the history of the historic Wilmington & Western Railroad. The Council Oak played a key role in Crook's rebranding efforts. Another factor that complicated the murder for the Anglo-Americans was Samuel Gangas' total lack of emotions one way or another after his capture. But it underwent a burst of development after the trolley company bought out Brandywine Springs’ private trolley system, thus nudging it toward extinction. The amusement park closed down following the 1923 season. Early films of the park from circa 1903 are some of the earliest motion picture images of Delaware. The two make an interesting guide for walking the area on your own. At the turn of the 20th Century, Pocopson was home to one of the region’s popular recreation spots—Lenape Park, on the Brandywine. “With the Wilmington and Western Railroad having been built along the edge of the property in 1872, Crook looked for ways to draw patrons to the hotel. The origins of what ultimately became the Brandywine Springs Amusement Park is usually dated to 1886. The hotel resort thrived until the Civil War, then became a military boarding school, which burned down in 1853. Its history traces from pre-colonial Native American times and early European settlers' interest in the iron-rich spring water as a … Brandywine Springs is a historic area near Newport, Delaware, along the Red Clay Creek. In 1956 state senator Fredrick Klair procured the land for the state and established Brandywine Springs State Park. Late-1800s Atlantans flocked to the gardens and springs, which were expanded in the early 20th-century to include a dazzling amusement park. Brandywine Springs Amusement Park, Wilmington, Delaware. Apr 27, 2017 - Explore Bj Kline's board "Old Amusement Parks" on Pinterest. Wilmington to Brandywine Springs, DE Home | DE | W&BS Note: Thanks to the help of the Historic Red Clay Valley and the Wilmington and Western Railroad. For the contemporary reader, studying the old news accounts offers as much insight into the character of the countless unnamed reporters (and even named public officials) as it does those directly involved in these tragic events. I have recounted this tragic murder, however, not to bring shame onto the Greek-American community, but to put a current phenomenon in perspective. The prestige of the spring water was wearing off. Crook’s branding of the park’s connection to George Washington didn’t stop there: he created an artificial seven-acre lake, which he called Lake Washington. These seemed to do the trick. A hotel and hot springs were already on the property. “So by 1923 it just all went to seed, just walked away. BRANDYWINE SPRINGS AMUSEMENT PARK Mark Lawlor's 180-page hardcover book has wonderful descriptions of the storied past — from historic games and amusement rides; to floods and fires. “Gangas formerly was employed by Nicholas at the park cafe, but he had been dismissed from there because of his conduct toward the Bodjaska girl, with whom he appears to have been madly in love. He was still laughing when the trapdoor opened below him. Brandywine Springs Amusement Parks was a Wilmington, Delaware attraction from 1886 to 1923, and a solid example of early twentieth century fun. “Taking of the waters was very popular, and there were Saratoga Springs and a number of springs up and down the East Coast, and this was just one of them,” Ciosek said. Vladimir Derzyrika (Evening Journal July 26, 1916).”. Brandywine Springs is a historic area near Newport, Delaware, along the Red Clay Creek. Then a chimney fire burned it to the ground in 1853. The site of the park itself, as Mr. Weslager shows, can be traced back to the days of William Penn when the property was part of the vast tract known as 'Letitia Manor.' First upon the murder scene were two other worker-relatives Nicholas Nicholas, restaurant owner, Spiro Nicholas, the Nicholas couple's son, as well as John Alexander, another employee/relative. “It is actually a singular landmark on the property that in its day was almost as important as the springs and the hotel, it was majestic Oak,” Castellano said. We are a group dedicated to the preservation of Brandywine Springs Amusement Park, an early 20th Century amusement park in Wilmington, Delaware. Unfortunately, from our perspective in time, the reporters make little effort to spell anyone's name the same way twice, the exact sequence of events frequently changes from one published account to another, and even ‘the facts’ of the sequence of the events change from one published account to another. Friends of the African American Union Church Cemetery. Depictions from lawyer, artist and political cartoonist Edward Williams Clay were among those to document the hotel. The ultimate decline and termination of the W&PT's Brandywine Springs line will be addressed in the next post. Samuel Gangas, a Greek immigrant from Sparta, was hanged at the New Castle county workhouse on Friday January 11, 1918 at 10:08 AM (Pottsville Republican (PA) January 11, 1918; Morning News Wilmington (DE) January 12, 1918). Feature Overview. It is noted from early American history as a Revolutionary War encampment of General George Washington's army. So much was written about this young woman that frankly there are versions upon versions of 'the truth' about her life, murder, and all other subsequent events. Jessie Eastburn stands where the boardwalk was when Brandywine Springs Park was an amusement park in 1911. We have meetings once a month at The Cedars United Methodist Church, Maple and Harrison Avenues, The Cedars (off of Route 41). Later his conduct became such that he was driven from the park and ordered not to return. There was a castle house, train, wooden rollercoaster, restaurants, pavilion, and a magnificent archway leading into the park. Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly takes us back in time to learn what the park was like then in this month's History Matters, produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical … A unique piece of Delaware’s African American history has been uncovered: the graves of five soldiers who served in the Union army's Colored Troops during the U.S. Civil War. Castellano said Walter rendered watercolors of the Brandywine Springs hotel as well as his other projects. Eventually, hotels started popping up along train stops. Then in the 1990s, the Friends of Brandywine Springs group – of which Mike Ciosek is president – started digging around, figuratively and literally -  teaming up with local archaeologists to excavate the old amusement park. The Friends of Brandywine Springs do not intend to rebuild the amusement park. It was perhaps mistakenly labeled as a meeting place for George Washington, but the oak still witnessed a great deal of history. Nicholas along with son Spiro and John Alexander had put out the first fire Gangas set in the restaurant. “It was what you’d call, I guess, something really to see,” Ciosek said. The water source made way for a new luxury: indoor swimming pools. “And they put an amusement in.”. 1949 Brandywine Springs, The Rise and Fall of a Delaware Resort. In 1887, the same street rail company purchased the land and began to turn it into an amusement park. “I called it my digital excavation of Brandywine Springs,” Castellano said. The Boardwalk, Brandywine Springs, Delaware. A large four-story hotel was built in 1826 to provide lodging for those ‘taking of the waters.’. Delaware Public Media's Megan Pauly examines ships and shipbuilding on Wilmington's Riverfront in this month's History Matters. He continued to annoy the girl, however, and finally she had him arrested and he was sent to the workhouse for three months for his conduct. After a long career at DuPont and W. L. Gore and Associates, Castellano went back to school to study history and museum studies. And a new 19-mile railroad line running from Wilmington to Landenberg, Pennsylvania that began in 1871 helped - allowing easier access to the amusement park. Officially dedicated on July 29, 1956, Brandywine Springs was Delaware’s first grassroots effort to create a state park. New Castle County Special Services Department now manages Brandywine Springs Park, located at Newport Gap Pike and Faulkland Road. Philadelphia entrepreneur Richard Crook believed the business could prosper again with re-branding. Around 1679, before most of these facilities were in operation, a mill was constructed in proximity of where the Red and White Clay Creeks merge in Stanton, and then flow to the Christiana River. Adding to the difficulty in following this complex tale is that the Anglo-Saxon journalists of the day did not feel it was necessary to spell any foreign name the same way twice in their nearly four years of reporting on this case. But after a tour behind the trees and down the hill by the Red Clay Creek with Ciosek, it becomes obvious that there’s so much more to this park than meets the eye. “And stagecoaches, they were kind of eh. The effort eventually became part of his preparation for pursuit of a master’s in history. His bullets were directed at Miss Bodjaska. Brandywine Springs was more than a popular amusement park, more than a picnic ground, more than the magical terminal where the summer cars of the Peoples Railway unloaded thousands of visitors during the summer months. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, Brandywine Springs Amusement Park was a place to gather for picnics, games, rides and more. Castellano was able to draw historical conclusions about the hotel from watercolor paintings, since its existence predated photography. Brandywine Springs State Park was Delaware’s first state park until it was converted to a county park in 1970. It is noted from early American history as a Revolutionary War encampment of General George Washington's army. The Friends of Brandywine Springs do not intend to rebuild the amusement park. While the shipyards that dotted the waterfront are no longer in existence, the dockyard culture is still alive and well through the Kalmar Nyckel’s crew that maintains and sails a 1600s model ship for tourists and educational purposes. And Castellano says that style was popular for hotels not just in Delaware and Pennsylvania but in other places like Clarendon Springs, Vermont. Many additions were made to the park over the next two decades. We want to make a clear, safe trail for visitors to stroll through the park and learn a little Delaware history while enjoying the natural surroundings. People began driving to the beaches, which replaced the amusement park as a vacation spot. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. In this clip, Yetter describes taking the Peoples Railway trolley to Brandywine Springs amusement park and details the attractions there as well as those at Shellpot Park. There was a time on the Delmarva Peninsula when passenger trains took people up and down the spine of the First State. Contact Parks Permits Office 302-395-5606. Please come and join us! See more ideas about amusement, abandoned amusement parks, abandoned theme parks. “There was a group of Brandywine Springs citizens group that lobbied the legislature to make this a state park,” Ciosek said. Non-postally used black and white undivided back viewcard Circa 1907 or earlier. “But those were swimming pools, indoor swimming pools, at the time.”. Although the amusement park is usually dated to 1886, the history of the site on the southeast corner of Newport-Gap Pike and Faulkland Road goes back much further. Philadelphia superentrepreneur Richard Crook had a new vision for Brandywine Springs: as an amusement park. The park had its own rail station where folks would be picked up and drop off by the Wilmington and Western Railroad that came into existence in 1870. “Greek revival was becoming very popular in the United States,” Castellano said. Abstract: Brandywine Springs County Park was a popular amusement park in the rural countryside outside Wilmington from approximately 1890 to 1923. “They had a saying in those times when they were having the big hotel, that you couldn’t have somebody bring the water to you, you had to go to the water and drink it there,” Ciosek said. But one of his most accurate sources was architect Thomas Walter, who was hired to build Greek revival cottages for the hotel's owner in 1833. “He said: wow, I’m making more money from the amusement than I am for the hotel,” Ciosek said. Photos from the amusement park known as Funtown on Stewart Avenue (now Metropolitan Parkway). “He decided that what they needed was something down in what they called the the glade,” Ciosek said. And they would come for the whole summer.”. This is a beautiful hike with views of Red Clay Creek and a few hills. They tried to revive it. New Castle County Special Services Department now manages Brandywine Springs Park, located at Newport Gap Pike and Faulkland Road. Fees apply for court/field/pavilion rentals. Around 1679, before most of these facilities were in operation, a mill was constructed in proximity of where the Red and White Clay Creeks merge in … A hotel and hot springs were already on the property. Hardcover. Fall 2019 Winter 2020NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE! But it underwent a burst of development after the trolley company bought out Brandywine Springs’ private trolley system, thus nudging it toward extinction. History of Brandywine Springs The early days of Brandywine Springsrevolved around a hotel started in 1826 to bring people to the mineral springs that were believed to have healing powers. Robert Shaw rendering of the first Brandywine Springs Hotel in 1909. “Nobody had cars,” Ciosek said. Ciosek says a new hotel was created by connecting three homes on the property. But this a far, far cry from the latest popular allegations that the so-called Greek mob is secretly controlling the Italian mob. Something really interesting about this park is that it was once an amusement park. The park had its own rail station where folks would be picked up and drop off by the Wilmington and Western Railroad that came into existence in 1870. close Email This Record From: To: Optional Message: You must be logged in to Tag Records. Read about the fun-times as well as tragedies. Thereafter, Gangas made his escape from the Park. The Friends of Brandywine Springs are dedicated to recovering the history of the amusement park. True it is a matter of public record that individual Greek criminals have been and are currently involved in a variety of crimes in North America. The Read House in New Castle will be getting some upgrades thanks to a new federal grant. It is also home to the famous Brandywine Springs and Spa established in the 1800’s that later became an amusement park. Our plan is to create a historical nature walk. In the summer of 1916, Nicholas Nicholas, a Greek immigrant, ran a restaurant in Brandywine Springs Amusement Park. Brandywine Springs Amusement Park (video) -- "Dorothy, the producer of Friday’s Dateline, was born in Wilmington, Delaware, where the story took place.... Jump to Sections of this page Our plan is to create a historical nature walk. Our plan is to create a historical nature walk. The Marhsall family gathering at Brandywine Springs in 1914. Nicholas along with his son Spiro Nicholas as well as John Alexander, another employee/relative, always slept in the restaurant. The Friends of Brandywine Springs are dedicated to recovering the history of the amusement park. There are plenty of pretty parks in New Castle County, but Brandywine Springs Park has an incredible history that you may not have realized. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. A significant witness tree was lost about 13 years ago in the Council Oak at Brandywine Springs State Park. A new pavilion was built to accommodate waiting train passengers, and modern electricity was installed. It was home to an enormous amusement park and legendary natural spring. For Catherine Bodjaska it proved an utter nightmare. In the early twentieth century, it became renowned for an amusement park built along the Hyde Run … BRANDYWINE SPRINGS AMUSEMENT PARK: Echoes of the Past 1886-1923 by Mark R. Lawlor Embark on the story of Delaware's Brandywine Springs Amusement Park from its … This is when Richard Crook was brought in to manage it. “What’s interesting here is this is the Wilmington and Western Railroad on this side of it, and on this side was the trolley,” he said. Gangas was a confessed criminal who received his just punishment. He hit upon the idea of adding small amenities to the hotel grounds, like a picnic grove, tennis courts, and a small merry-go-round. Economic depressions in the late 1840s and 50s caused the business to suffer and the hotel was rented to a boys’ military school. 2 Brandywine Springs. If you enjoy walking through history, join us for a hike on grounds that used to be famous in the 1880’s for mineral springs and a hotel along with an amusement park until it was closed in 1923. For those who enjoy the idea of walking leisurely through history, immersed in nature in the beauty of winter, join me for a hike on trails with a few steep hills, to imagine what this historical location was like in 1890 as an amusement park in Wilmington DE before it vanished in 1923. Mary Nicholas, her sixteen-year-old daughter, and twenty-year-old Catherine Bodjaska, the restaurant's waitress and dishwasher, left the building and began walking out of the park to a nearby hotel where they slept. This is everything that local history ought to be: authoritative, well illustrated, professionally produced, and entertaining. Jessie Eastburn and Bridgette Kegelman won the inaugural competition with two very different maps that nonetheless shared some key similarities. "I was taking old maps, computerizing them, overlaying them on modern maps, and in this overlay process the location of the hotel started to show itself.". The amusement park closed down following the 1923 season. It shaded guests at the old Brandywine Springs Hotel since the 1820s, and later the large amusement park. It shaded guests at the old Brandywine Springs Hotel since the 1820s, and later the large amusement park. The Friends of Brandywine Springs do not intend to rebuild the amusement park. In this month’s History Matters - produced in conjunction with the Delaware Historical Society and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation - Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly tells us more about the history of shipbuilding in Wilmington. Illustrated history of this New Castle County amusement park which had its beginnings in 1826. But what you might not know is that there once an amusement park here, with a boardwalk, roller coaster, carousel, and much more. Ciosek says guests no longer needed to travel via stagecoach to reach their destination. At the turn of the century, small powered boats were also added to Lake Washington the same year the People’s Railway began. Newark, Del. As early as 1858, according to one source, picnics were held on the site, even though the ground was overrun with bushes and vines. In 1915 Richard Crook bowed to the inevitable, retiring from business and selling both the Peoples Railway and Brandywine Springs Amusement Park to the Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Company (W&PT), the then iteration of what had been the Wilmington City Railway. BVOHP__RecEnt_BlancheYetter01.mp3 Brandywine Springs Park postcard Date: 1910-1915 Call Number: 256 Extent: 1 image General Physical Description: 1 photomechanical print postcard : color ; 3.5 x 5.5 in. The friends of Brandywine Springs keep the park alive through archeological digs along with providing and maintaining trails leading to areas where old foundations have been uncovered or old amusement rides once stood. The Friends of Brandywine Springs do not intend to rebuild the amusement park. However, from about 1890 until 1923 it was an amusement park beloved by people near and far. These citations may not conform precisely to your selected citation style. The Friends of Brandywine Springs do not intend to rebuild the amusement park. “Then he determined: he had to get people here,” Ciosek said. Castellano has read through George Washington’s letters and says the war council could have been held in Elsmere, Newport or somewhere else nearby. Well, with the station here, they could get off right in the park,” Ciosek said. And of course, it never really revived very well.”. Hambleton Company, Inc. Wilmington, Delaware. “And so for me, when I can’t find something that usually puts me in a detective mode and I want to start looking for what was there,” Castellano said. This is a beautiful hike with views of Red Clay Creek and a few hills. The history of the Brandywine Springs Park goes back many decades to a time when local Indians frequented the iron and sulfur-rich mineral Chalybeate Springs believed to have medicinal qualities and cure ailments. One struck her in the right eye, another in the left side, another in the abdomen and a fourth in the center of the chest. It was perhaps mistakenly labeled as a meeting place for George Washington, but the oak still witnessed a great deal of history. I will offer here my best outline of the tragic events surrounding her short existence in North America. Continue research, including archaeological digs with the Archaeological Society of Delaware, to find footings of the buildings and rides in the park and mark them appropriately. The friends of Brandywine Springs keep the park alive through archeological digs along with providing and maintaining trails leading to areas where old foundations have been uncovered or old amusement rides once stood. But once the state park system evolved and grew, it was relegated to the New Castle County park system in 1970. Brandywine Springs, an historic geographical feature near Newport, Delaware in northern New Castle County along the Red Clay Creek, has a fascinating, multi-century story.Its history traces from pre-colonial Native American times and early European settlers' interest in the iron-rich spring water as a … BRANDYWINE SPRINGS, AMUSEMENT PARK, ECHOES OF THE PAST, 1886-1923 par Lawlor, Mark R.: stiff paper wrappers (1993) | Oak Knoll Books, ABAA, ILAB In the ensuing confusion Gangas remained in the general area and when the fire was extinguished he madly reentered the restaurant and spread cooking grease, restarting the fire anew. There was a castle house, train, wooden rollercoaster, restaurants, pavilion, and a magnificent archway leading into the park. This would turn Brandywine Springs into what amounted to a trolley park in reverse. This is everything that local history ought to be: authoritative, well illustrated, professionally produced, and entertaining. “Without uttering a word of warning he drew a revolver from his pocket and opened fire. Chance of precipitation is 100%. But the park got a second chance in the 1950s, when it became the first intentional state park in Delaware. Brandywine Springs State Park was Delaware’s first state park until it was converted to a county park in 1970. His being for the most part mute during the entire sequence of legal proceedings really irked, and to be honest, confused the presiding officials. It is also home to the famous Brandywine Springs and Spa established in the 1800’s that later became an amusement park. The August Quarterly – an important annual event for African Americans – starts this weekend. The origins of what ultimately became the Brandywine Springs Amusement Park is usually dated to 1886. Gangas then fired at Mrs. Nicholas and the bullet struck her in the right arm near the wrist. Walter’s other projects included the Girard College for Orphans in Philadelphia, and the dome of the U.S. Capitol building – all done in what was called Greek revival style. “I was taking old maps, computerizing them, overlaying them on modern maps, and in this overlay process the location of the hotel started to show itself.”. This was another of Castellano’s discoveries. The markers have been installed by the Friends of Brandywine Springs, a group dedicated to creating a historical nature walk and sharing the history of the former amusement park that once attracted up to 30,000 visitors a day. Over the next 10-15 years, the site ... slowly but steadily added new attractions until it boasted such things as a dance hall, a roller coaster, two theaters, a restaurant, a larger carousel, and a boardwalk. In the 1880s, it became known for its mineral springs and luxurious hotel resort. Reams of newsprint are readily available. Gangas had fled but not to escape. This is when Richard Crook was brought in to manage it. Reports differ on its early history. Gangas “was permitted to hang for thirteen minutes at the end of which the young man was pronounced dead (Morning News (DE).” Or was it until the laughter stopped? First Edition. References: Lawlor, Mark R 2013 Brandywine Springs Amusement Park, Echoes of the Past 1886-1923. During the industrial revolution and into the WWII era and beyond, shipbuilding played a key role in the evolution of industry and livelihood in Wilmington. Rating. “Now, these are not poor people,” he said. Waiting along the path behind a stand of trees, was Samuel Gangas, a twenty-five-year-old Greek. M and M Publishing. In 1956 state senator Fredrick Klair procured the land for the state and established Brandywine Springs State Park. 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