camioflyer (camioflyer) wrote in abandonedplaces,

Enchanted Forest and Thistle Mill

I took a trip up to Elicott City early on Saturday morning. The weather and the hour made it a perfect time for exploring. We hardly saw a soul! Unfortunately, the rain also got the camera lens wet and messed up the quality of the photos. I hope you'll enjoy them anyway!

Our first stop was to Enchanted Forest, an abandoned nursery-rhyme themed amusement park. My dad actually visited this park as a kid, so he got a kick out of seeing it in its current state. These photos are all courtesy of a talented friend who wishes to remain anonymous.

We had to enter by climbing up a wooden fence. We did not realize thee was an unlocked gate until we left.

This was a storage room right by an entrance to the park. I'm not entirely sure of its purpose.

This is the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel. It comes complete with a cage and oven for restraining and cooking small children!

What a beautiful family . . .

Inside the castle. I'm disappointed I don't have any more photos of the castle.

The main desk.

Our next stop was to the Seminary above the Patapsco River.
You think these steps are bad? That was only the beginning of the hill. And when we got to the top, we found that the site has been entirely demolished.

While on the road to the Seminary, we stumbled across Thistle Mill by complete accident. I wasn't even aware that it was the same mill Thehoodwatch had explored a few months ago until I searched extensively online for it. According to my dad, a local who grew up a few miles away, this used to be a paper mill. Beyond that, I know hardly anything about it.

We headed across the tracks to the mill . . .

When I got into this room, my jaw literally dropped. It was really one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. This was my first visit to a true abandoned factory, and it was stunning. The symettry and the lighted made it absolutely awe-inspiring.

The collapsing roof had a hard time keeping the rain out.

I've got to wonder how this got here.

There were a ton of tires around the mill. Maybe the river washed them up here?

You can't tell, but when we stepped outside again, snow had begun to fall.


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