Willow Grove Park Association Collection, 1910, 1929
Willow Grove Park Association
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Sousa, John Philip 1854-1932
Montgomery County (Pa.)
Willow Grove Park formally opened to the public in 1895 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was well known as a place of amusement, combining open lawns, orchards, woodlands, lakes, and streams with colonial style buildings. Open only during the summer season, attractions included a music pavilion, electric fountain, shoot-the-chutes casino, lakeside cafe, news-stand, photograph gallery, automobile race track, picnic groves, women's building, two carousels, captive flying machine, scenic mountain railway, athletic field, and an amphitheater with 30,000 seats where afternoon and evening free concerts were given. Some of the best bands and orchestras, including John Philip Sousa, performed there. The park no longer exists, and the area is now a shopping mall with a carousel theme. Throughout the mall are carousel horses suspended from the ceiling and historic photographs of the former park.
2 items: a guide book, which briefly describes events for the 1910 season and includes photographic illustrations; and a 1929 membership card of the Willow Grove Park Association.
Willow Grove Park Association Collection, 1910, 1929, Archives Center, National Museum of American History