10500 Clarksville Pike (State Route 108)
Ellicott City * Maryland * 21042
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Open April 1 to Nov 1
Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 5 PM (last admission at 4 PM)
Saturday-Sunday 10 AM to 5:30 PM (last admission at 4 PM)
We are open on Monday April 14th and 21st, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and all Mondays in October
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The Fairy Tale Story of how the wonderful
attractions from the Enchanted Forest were moved
to our farm is truly amazing!
The Fairy Tale Begins:
Once upon a time, there was a wonderful storybook park in Ellicott City, Maryland called The Enchanted Forest. Opened in August 1955, it thrilled and delighted generations of families from far and wide throughout the next 30 years. The Harrison family created this magical land to delight children of all ages and it was an important part of many families' lives for years. The imagination of the creators and the people who ran the park throughout the years made an indelible impression on generations of families. Sadly, it closed to the public in the early 1990s, leaving a void for all of us.
In the summer of 2004, we were able to obtain the very large and orange Cinderella Pumpkin Coach and display it at the farm. It was a big hit! It was so much fun to see the faces of parents and their children as they explored the magic of the Cinderella pumpkin coach. We thought how wonderful it would be to have the other items from the Enchanted Forest and be able to share them with a new generation of families. The owner of the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Kimco Realty Corporation, very graciously agreed to give us the items as long as we made every effort to remove all of the items from the park. So we started the process of moving the items to the petting farm and restoring them to their former glory.
In 2005 we moved and restored a number of items including Mother Goose and her Gosling, the Black Duck, the six Mice that pulled Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach, Papa Bear, the giant Mushrooms, the bell-shaped Flowers, two giant Lollipops, a number of Gingerbread Men, a large Candy Cane, the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Crooked House and the Crooked Man, the Easter Bunny's House, the Beanstalk with the Giant at the top and the beautiful Birthday Cake.
We continued to work hard in 2006 and restored Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, the Three Little Pigs' straw, stick and brick houses, the Rainbow Bridge, and Little Boy Blue, the Old Woman's Shoe and the Three Bears House. We are also delighted to report that the Leonard Hartman family of Essex, Maryland has donated Little Toot to the farm.
We really appreciate their generosity!!!!
The two major projects of 2006 were moving and restoring the Old Woman's Shoe and the Three Bear's House. As you can see from the photos, we had to cut the Old Woman's Shoe in half and put it on two separate trailers to get it down Centennial Lane under the telephone and electric wires. It is a short distance from the Enchanted Forest on Route 40 and Clark's Elioak Farm on Route 108, but every time we made the trip moving a major structure from the Enchanted Forest to the farm, it was an amazing adventure!
We also had to cut the Three Bear's House in half to bring it to the farm. Then we put it back together with loving care and lots of work. All of these efforts were undertaken by some incredible friends: Marty Levine and Excel Tree Experts, Expert House Movers, and George Miller and his crew.
The last major acquisition was the wonderful gift to Clark's Elioak Farm of Little Toot (and other great items---Papa Bear, the Pig who lives in the Brick House, and two tea cups) by Leonard Hartman and his family. We thank him so much for his incredible generosity.
In 2007, Mark Cline helped us restore Humpty Dumpty and Willie the Whale, and George Miller (along with his wife, Sharon) donated and built a beautiful wall for Humpty Dumpty. We also restored the Merry Millerís House and Little Toot and built a new white Enchanted Castle entrance for the farm.
Our 2008 projects included repairing the Wishing Well, and the creation of the characters we needed to complete many of the Enchanted Forest attractions. We added over 22 characters, including a dragon and Rapunzel for our Enchanted Castle, a Baby Bear and Goldilocks for the Three Bearís House, the third Little Pig, the Merry Miller and his Mice Band, Prince Charming, Cinderella and her Prince and her Pumpkin Coach Driver, more children to keep the Old Woman in the Shoe busy, the School Marm and more.
Our 2009 projects were exciting, too. We created an a"mazing" new "The Enchanted Forest Pine Tree Maze." This is a fun maze in our 1 1/4 acre pine tree forest filled with twists and turns and characters and attractions from the Enchanted Forest. Enter the Maze and see Hickory Dickory Dock. Before you have completed your adventure, you will find Little Boy Blue, Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater's wife, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. To enhance your adventure in the Maze you'll want to use our "Maze Guide and Activity Book" to search for and find all the highlights in the Maze. Follow the Gingerbread Men to the Maze.
In 2010 Monica McNew Metzger restored the Card Guard which was very generously donated to the farm by Bob Bretz of Beltsville. Bob has continued to surprise us with donated items he purchased on our behalf, including a salt and pepper shaker set, a souvenir plate and a pennant, among many others. Thanks very much to Bob for his generosity. In 2011 and 2012 we spent most of our time restoring and maintaining all of the attractions, characters and buildings we are now responsible for. We fiberglassed the roof of the 3 Pig's Brick House and did lots and lots of painting. In 2013 George Miller and his crew were able to move 35 feet of the 50-foot slide from Mt Vesuvius and build a "mountain" at the farm to house it. Robinson Crusoe moved in below the mountain. Also in 2013 the seven dwarfs joined the children as they mine the enriched ore at the gem mine flumes at the farm. We trimmed all of the trees in the "Maze" and now it is not so much like a maze. We have renamed the "Maze" as "The Enchanted Pine Tree Forest." It is still a wonderful place to explore, still filled with many Enchanted Forest attractions and a wonderfully cool place to visit during the hot summer days. Mark Cline fiberglassed the roof of the 3 Bear's House on the hottest day of the summer of 2014.
We thought we were finished with moving attractions from the Enchanted Forest to the farm when we were approached by Kimco Realty to see if we wanted the white Entrance Castle. Of course, we said "YES"!!! The castle move took place on June 9, 2015. Kimco Realty and Meckley Services managed the major effort to take down and move parts of the Castle structure to our farm. George Miller and his crew have been working this summer to rebuild the Castle as the entrance to our Enchanted Pine Tree Forest. We also have the Enchanted Forest Storybook entrance sign which we will be erecting next to the Castle. In the meantime, Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studios has been doing major renovations for us. He has fiberglassed the Easter Egg and the Sombrero, repaired the 3 Men in a Tub, the Dish and the Spoon and the leaves and bean pods on the Jack's Beanstalk. He built a cover for our Cavalry Wagon and did other repairs too numerous to mention. Clark's Elioak Farm's great staff and our wonderful volunteers have been very busy as well. We have repaired, primed and painted the Easter Egg, Mother Goose, the Rainbow Slide, Little Toot, Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, the School Marm, the Birthday Cake, the Spider, and Papa Bear. And we will keep painting all summer . . . .
We will be celebrating the 60th Birthday of the Enchanted Forest on a special weekend-------August 15-16, 2015---with the ribbon-cutting for the Castle at 12 noon on Saturday August 15th.
How we got it all done:
Many Clark's Elioak Farm staff and a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers work in the cold of winter and the terrible heat of summer to restore these items. It is a massive job that has taken the talents of staff and volunteers and monetary donations. Please look at the LIST OF INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES that have donated time, talents and supplies to our efforts so far. We want to honor them for their generosity. We could not have done so much so quickly without them.
What you can do:
And we still need help. The Enchanted Forest has so many friends who remember it with great fondness. We hope that you might help us by making a monetary donation to help pay for supplies and equipment needed to complete the task. We also welcome volunteers to assist in repairing and refurbishing the items already at the farm. Also, we appreciate very much those generous friends who donate to the farm items that they own that once came from the Enchanted Forest. If you have a item in your garage or outbuilding that once lived at the Enchanted Forest and would like to donate it to the farm so it can once again be displayed for our visitors, we would be honored to give it a new home. We also have very generous friends who purchase Enchanted Forest items at antique stores, flea markets and on eBay and donate them to the farm. We welcome all such donations.
To make a monetary donation, send a check to:
Preservation Howard County
P.O. Box 406
Simpsonville, MD 21150
(The donation is tax-deductible)
Be sure to put on the memo line of your check: The Enchanted Forest Fund
To volunteer or donate services, equipment or Enchanted Forest items:
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