THANK YOU FOR A SOLD OUT HISTORY IN MOTION
A Ticket to Ride: Chestnut Hill Amusement Park
Our last History in Motion was, November 12 th , 7:00 p.m. at the Ambler Theater. Theater goers traveled back in time to visit the Chestnut Hill Amusement Park, formerly located just outside Chestnut Hill in Springfield Township. The story of the park was be told that evening by historical presenters portraying Henry B. Auchey, founder and manager of the park, and Horace Trumbauer, the famous architect of the park’s buildings.
Since the park only existed from 1898 until 1911, there is no one alive today who remembers it, but your ticket to ride took you back through time to join Mr. Auchy and Mr. Trumbauer on a virtual tour of the park, replete with vintage pictures from the park’s heyday. Attendees learned how and why it was created, visit the amusement rides, meet some of the people who worked there, and heard stories that brought the park to life.
The Zwicker father-son team have previously appeared at the Ambler Theater with the stories of “Whitemarsh Hall” (Stotesbury family) and “Laverock Hill” (Sims-Starr-Lloyd families). If you attended this wonderful event, thank you!
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