lost amusement parks

lost amusement parksATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will host author Rick Geffken on June 15 presenting: Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore has always attracted people seeking relief from summer heat and humidity. By the end of the 19th century the 120 mile long coastline of New Jersey would be dotted with amusement parks featuring kiddie car rides, roller coasters, merry-go-rounds and fast food emporiums. Both James Bradley in Asbury Park and William Sandlass Jr. in Highland Beach created mass entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people. Today most are gone just fond and fading memories of the past.

A presentation of photographs, many rarely seen images, and a history of some of these parks will be presented by Rick Geffken at our June 15 program. Both Rick Geffken and George Severini in their book have documented in image form how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States. It captures a simpler time when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, hot dogs and of course the rides.

Join us for a trip down memory lane to visit the boardwalks, and amusement parks of the Jersey Shore, at the Strauss Mansion Museum 27 Prospect Circle Atlantic Highlands NJ Thursday June 15 at 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 7:15pm.
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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...