Skip to main content

More Rich Details about Rolling Green Park By Gary Parks

Aug 20, 2014 02:46PM ● Published by Erica Shames

Rolling Green Park served the area well, especially during the Great Depression and World War II. People would come and spend most of the day, taking advantage of the lake and shade from the natural groupings of trees which dotted the extensive landscape. In later years, of course, they would take advantage of the swimming pool. “We had metal swings for the kids,” recalls Beverly Search Curry, whose family managed several concessions within the complex.  “You could hear the kids swinging on them. As soon as you heard that, we ran down the hill as fast as we could to collect the nickel fee,” she recalls.  

    
Curry is perhaps the most vivid “memory” of Rolling Green Park: she is the only person known to have been born in the park. Curry’s family lived at Rolling Green year-round in one of the cottages. Not only was her grandfather the stage manager for the theater, her grandmother sold tickets and her mother was an usher. “It was a wonderful time growing up.  I would fall asleep listening to the bands playing music. There were rocking chairs lining the dance floor -- one side was for the dancers, the other row of rockers was for the watchers.” 
    
It was a rich upbringing, too. “I had umpteen babysitters,” Curry continues. “There were performers of all nationalities and so I grew up never knowing prejudice. The performers brought their children, most of whom couldn’t speak English. My grandmother admonished me not to pester them.”
Other amusements 
    
With the increase in automobile ownership, area residents began to seek out other amusement parks–Hershey Park, for instance. A gradual decline in attendance and revenue led to the sale of Rolling Green Park in 1935 to four investors. For approximately a year, Roman M. Spangler, Sr., of Red Lion, managed the park for the new owners. Spangler assumed ownership of the park one year later. He continued to own and manage the park until his death in 1966. The park continued to operate for several years, but by 1971 it had closed. 
    
Hurricane Agnes, in 1972, did extensive damage to the park and it was apparently felt that the park would never regain its former patronage. Real estate developer Luke E. Bogar, Jr., purchased the park from the Spangler estate and eventually sold the rides on an individual basis. The merry-go-round, sold for $18,000, is now enjoyed at Wonderland, Ocean City, New Jersey. The dark ride is incorporated into Knoebels Amusement Resort’s haunted mansion ride. A large model of the Rolling Green Park, produced in intimate detail by Robert Troutman is installed at the Snyder County Historical Society in Middleburg and can be enjoyed by visitors as renovations to its buildings are completed.  

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Susquehanna Life's free newsletter to stay informed

Travel, Outdoors Outdoors
  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/20/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/20/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/21/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/21/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • $2 Tuesday

    11/21/2017
    10:00AM

    TWO-DOLLAR TUESDAYS Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host ha...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/21/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Exploring Club

    11/21/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    What is Exploring Club? The Exploring Club is for boys and girls between 10 and 14 years old who ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/22/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/22/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/22/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Novice Longsword Class

    11/22/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    This eight-week Novice Longsword Course will be for folks who have always had an interest in swor...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/23/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/23/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/23/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • iMAKE

    11/23/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Music Together Preview Classes

    11/24/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    Music together Demo 10:15 & 11:15 Music Together® is a fun, family music program for parents & c...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/24/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Music Together Preview Classes

    11/24/2017
    11:15AM — 12:00PM

    Music together Demo 10:15 & 11:15 Music Together® is a fun, family music program for parents & ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Join us as representatives from Meadowbrooke Gourds will be here to guide you in creating your ow...


  • Turkey Day

    11/25/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Families are invited to a day of feathery fun at the museum with turkey crafts and games, plus ge...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/20/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/20/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/21/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/21/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • $2 Tuesday

    11/21/2017
    10:00AM

    TWO-DOLLAR TUESDAYS Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host ha...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/21/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Exploring Club

    11/21/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    What is Exploring Club? The Exploring Club is for boys and girls between 10 and 14 years old who ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/22/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/22/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/22/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Novice Longsword Class

    11/22/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    This eight-week Novice Longsword Course will be for folks who have always had an interest in swor...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/23/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/23/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/23/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • iMAKE

    11/23/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Music Together Preview Classes

    11/24/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    Music together Demo 10:15 & 11:15 Music Together® is a fun, family music program for parents & c...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/24/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Music Together Preview Classes

    11/24/2017
    11:15AM — 12:00PM

    Music together Demo 10:15 & 11:15 Music Together® is a fun, family music program for parents & ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Join us as representatives from Meadowbrooke Gourds will be here to guide you in creating your ow...


  • Turkey Day

    11/25/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Families are invited to a day of feathery fun at the museum with turkey crafts and games, plus ge...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/26/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/26/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/27/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/27/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/28/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/28/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/28/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/29/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/29/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/29/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • t Homeschool Hangout: Geology.

    11/29/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    WARNING: Science ahead! Rock out at Homeschool Hangout: Geology. Wednesday November 29th 11-1. Di...


  • Re-Creation Christmas Show

    11/29/2017
    02:00PM

    Re-Creation presents a celebrated holiday program…“Believe: The November 29th at 2:00pm & 7:00p...


  • Novice Longsword Class

    11/29/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    This eight-week Novice Longsword Course will be for folks who have always had an interest in swor...


  • Please join us in the Main Gallery Wednesday November 29th for a 45 minute concert by Richard Rob...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    11/30/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    11/30/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    11/30/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • iMAKE

    11/30/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/01/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    12/01/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • First Friday

    12/01/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    The museum will be OPEN UNTIL 8p.m. the first Friday of every month with special activities for t...


  • Culture Cafe: Global Meets Local

    12/01/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Culture Café: 6-7pm Discover Italian culture at The Children’s Museum, sample traditional Italian...


  • Cabernet & Canvas

    12/01/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    A paint and wine party will be held at The Children's Museum. Friday, December 1st. from 6-8pm. M...


  • Expecting Parent Resource Classes

    12/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    • Expecting Parent’s Resource Class: 7-8pm Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting - Is it possible t...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/02/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Join us at the beautiful Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown for a day of festive family Christmas a...


  • Keystone Concert Band Holiday Concert

    12/02/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join the Keystone Concert Band for a festive performance featuring your favorite Christmas and Ha...


  • December 2nd: Weis Center FREE Pre Show Activities: Lightwire Theater 1-2 1-2p.m. Come early for...


  • Trick Photography: Cub Scout & Boy Scout Badge

    12/02/2017
    01:00PM — 02:30PM

    December 2nd: Trick Photography: Cub Scout & Boy Scout Badge 1-2:30 Using “green screen” techno...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/03/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    12/03/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/04/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/04/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/05/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/05/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    12/05/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Homeschool PE Class

    12/05/2017
    01:00PM — 01:45PM

    December 5th: Homeschool P.E. Class 1-1:45 pm Students engage in moderate to vigorous physical a...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/06/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/06/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    12/06/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Novice Longsword Class

    12/06/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    This eight-week Novice Longsword Course will be for folks who have always had an interest in swor...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/07/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/07/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Melanie Johnson: The Spaces Between

    12/07/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and...


  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute

    12/07/2017
    12:45PM — 04:00PM

    December 07 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute: Seventy-six years ago on December 7th, the U...


  • iMAKE

    12/07/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • Panera Bakers in Training

    12/07/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    December 7th: Panera Bakers in Training 4:30-5:30 During this fun-filled culinary experience, yo...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/08/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/08/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Music Together Preview Classes

    12/08/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    December 8th: Music together Demo 10:15 & 11:15 Music Together® is a fun, family music program f...


  • Music Together Preview Classes

    12/08/2017
    11:00AM — 11:40AM

    December 8th: Music together Demo 10:15 & 11:15 Music Together® is a fun, family music program f...


  • Buy your tickets early for the best possible seats and make your pre-show dinner reservations ASA...


  • New York City For A Day Bus Trip Benefiting Furever Home Adoption Center There will be a 50/50 d...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/09/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Gingerbread Village Reception

    12/09/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    December 9: Gingerbread Village Reception 10-12p.m. Don’t miss the sights and smells of our Ging...


  • Fused Glass Class

    12/09/2017
    12:30PM — 02:00PM

    December 9th: Fused Glass Class 12:30-2:00 Create a coaster or sun catcher with artist Becki Fah...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/10/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/11/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/11/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/12/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/12/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/13/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/13/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • Get in the Holiday groove with Homeschool Hangout-Holiday Customs Around the World, December 13 1...


  • Novice Longsword Class

    12/13/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    This eight-week Novice Longsword Course will be for folks who have always had an interest in swor...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/14/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/14/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • iMAKE

    12/14/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/15/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/15/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/16/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Get ready Brownies, Juniors and Cadets: December 16nd, 1-2:30, Trick Photography: Using “green sc...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/17/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    12/18/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • "Cash & Carry IV"

    12/18/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Once again we'll give away panels for you to make artwork on, every one roughly 7" x 9": You can ...



PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Weis Center for the Perfoming Arts
Albright Care-Services
Geisinger Medical Center