Friday, September 13, 2013

Brandywine Springs Tour -- September 21

Alright, I hope this isn't too last-minute of a notice, but I think we've come to a consensus. Although I did say I'd do a tour with just a few people, it seems that there are several people who can't make it this week, but can make it next week. Since this isn't anything where there's a reservation or set plans involved, I've decided to wait the extra week in order to allow more people to attend. I hope this isn't a problem for those who said they could come this week. And for what it's worth, the Weather Channel's long-term forecast has it in the 70's with a 0% chance of rain on the 21st. All in all, this seems like the best thing to do.

We can nail down a time that's best for everyone, but since a few seemed to indicate that early afternoon was good, I'm suggesting 1:00 for now. [Edit: See below]The tour should take somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on how much I ramble on. As I mentioned before, we'll walk through the park, stopping and talking about the various rides, attractions, and structures present a century ago. There are some signs in the park with pictures (installed over the years by the Friends of Brandywine Springs (FOBS)), and I'll have some additional pictures with me as well. If you don't know much about the park, I think you'll be amazed at what it was like.

In the mean time, there a a few resources available to "bone up" a bit on the history of the amusement park. You can start with my post of a few years ago (good Lord, three years ago), which gives a brief overview of the park. Additionally, FOBS has a website that contains a good history and some pictures. FOBS does now also have an excellent Facebook page, containing LOTS of pictures and features. The page is accessible to everyone -- you don't have to be on Facebook to view it. If you really want to be thorough, you can check out the two posts about the original hotel, too.

Now we've got another week to work out any issues, but if anyone has any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to speak up. Hope to see you there!!

Update 9/18/13: I've now "officially" set the time for 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 21. Weather looks good. If anyone would like to attend but needs directions to the park, just let me know. We'll meet in the near end (closest to the entrance and basketball courts) of the parking lot. We'll talk for a few minutes there, and then work our way down to the amusement park site.


  1. I'll be there! Looking forward to it.

  2. Ok. Since I haven't heard any objection to the time I suggested, I'm changing it from "tentatively" to "definitely" set for 1:00PM. I just checked the forecast for Saturday, and it looks like high 70's and dry. Sounds like a great day for a walk in the park and a walk through history. I picked up my little binder with some pictures to show during the tour, and i might see if I can load some more onto my laptop and bring that, too, in case anyone wants to see some more pictures. They always seem to mean more when you're actually at or near the place where the photo was taken, 100 years ago give or take. Hope to see you at the park on Saturday!

    And I guess I should mention, we'll meet in the near end of the parking lot, closest to the entrance and basketball court. If anyone wants to come and needs directions, just let me know.

  3. Thanks for the tour today Scott. Your narration was great! It was actually my first time touring the park. I will have a little different view now when I see the old postcards, etc.

  4. Thanks for doing this tour Scott, Looking forward to the next meeting. Dave Z

  5. Great big thanks to everyone who came out for the tour Saturday. We had about 10 people or so (I've really got to start counting or having a sign-in sheet for these things). Great weather (you're welcome) and a very nice walk. I know I had a lot of fun, and I think everyone else did, too. My hope is to have another gathering sometime before the holidays. More info to come....

  6. I just noticed that Denis has a real nice write-up of the tour over at his Lower Red Clay Valley Blog. He also has a bunch of beautiful pictures of the tour and of the park. Thanks, Denis, and thank for coming!