The rusted, skeletal remains of the same Radar, Willow Mill Park

Photo courtesy of Mark Hackett

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55 Responses to “The rusted, skeletal remains of the same Radar, Willow Mill Park”

  1. I grew up in Middletown, and visited Willow Mill park several times as a child. I remember cars on a track that you pedaled with hand cranks, and airplanes on cables that “flew” from the second story of a small building. I knew the Rohrbaugh family from Middletown, and the Fasnacht family, who have owned Funland in Rehoboth Beach for many years, through family marriages. In fact, the money they got through the sale of Willow Mill helped fund the purchase of Funland. I would guess that liability insurance alone would keep a park like this from making money today, but they were great while they lasted. Too bad today’s kids will only know the bigger “Theme Parks.”

    Conrad - December 14th, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  2. Bob, regarding the band Willow Mill Park…thanks for the confirmation. I saw them several times at the Railroad House in Marietta…just loved their sound!

    Jon Frey - December 21st, 2016 at 3:05 am

  3. I have enjoyed reading all of these comments. I grew up in Grantham and was closer to William’s Grove. If you look up defunct parks, PA has over 100. Very sad. Oh and who killed Ma Bell?

    Jay Spidel - May 1st, 2017 at 5:45 am

  4. My grandfather was Harry Stoner and owned Willow Mill Park for I believe 15 years? And my mothers maiden name is Marilyn DeHaven Stoner. We are looking for some additional pictures of the park that we can have copies of. I’m not at liberty to mention yet what we will be using them for However they would be well preserved and shared for generations.

    kent Swartz - June 10th, 2017 at 8:22 am

  5. My grandparents lived in Ickesburg, then New Bloomfield in the 60’s when I was growing up. We visited this park many times, never went to Hershey until after this one was closed. I would love to see pictures of the rollercoaster and the arcade with the trees growing right up through the middle.

    Kristi Allenbaugh - June 17th, 2018 at 8:06 am

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