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Lost In Farytale Forest

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May. 14th, 2010 | 01:36 am
mood: melancholymelancholy
posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces





Paul Woehle Sr, a 40 year old German immigrant, began building Fairytale Forest with his own hands, in 1955.
Aided by his two sons, Fairytale Forest opened it's gates to the public in 1957...

A winding walking path led you through the forest, along the way you were able to glimpse key moments from Grimm fairytales.
In all, over 20 cottages sat nestled in the woodlands, inside were frozen scenes depicting events from most all famous children's stories.
Though you could not actually enter the buildings, you could peek through the windows to see what was unfolding inside.
A small plaque gave a brief summery of what to expect within the cottage walls,
be it the Gingerbread man escaping, or the three bears finding Goldilocks asleep in their bed...

Come Winter, the forest was decorated to the brim with lights, transforming into a kind of winter wonderland
that you ironically can now only see on the storybook pages which this park was trying to recreate.
Upon entering the winter village, you were greeted by Frosty the snowman and a cup of hot chocolate.
Santa awaited you in his small Christmas house and asked you what you wanted for the holidays.



Present day finds the doors of the paint-peeled cottages kicked it, their former residents torn apart and missing.
The viewing windows are almost all smashed, and Christmas lights are scattered randomly throughout the woods.
If anything can be called a sign of the times, than this surely must be...

These aren't just sad children's stories left forgotten in the forest, this is my childhood.
Though I may have only been 5 or 6 when I was last there, memories came rushing back to me as I wandered the forest.
I found myself remembering the Christmas village with the elves packing the presents for kids,
holiday music coming from the speakers in the trees.
I remembered having to stand on my tip-toes to see through the window on Snow White's house.
I remembered wondering if the gingerbread house was actually gingerbread...
These were thoughts I had to push from my mind while photographing, because they were actually inhibiting my work.
Several times I just wanted to stop and go home, to spare myself from reliving more memories that I didn't know I had...
In the end though, I was able to complete the task at hand... and as we returned to the Jeep the skies opened up with rain.





















































































































































































































- Historical Images -





















































As always, filmed by Christina (deadgirl1307), edited by us both...







Thank you for your time,
~Rusty


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templarwolf

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from: templarwolf
date: May. 14th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
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Is just me, or does this place look decidedly less disturbing now that it's abandoned?

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
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Haha... well the taxidermy-ed bunny "students" are gone,
so yes... less disturbing now.

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Kerry

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from: neongray
date: May. 14th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
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Fantastic pictures! The one of the lone skunk character kinda made me jump, haha.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
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Thank you, and my apologies for startling you.

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I don't believe you. Continue.

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from: giddykiwi
date: May. 14th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
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As always, thank you very much for posting!

There's a place similar to this in Wisconsin Dells that my grandparents used to take me to when I was a kid. I remember puking inside one of the buildings when I was about 5 or 6. Heh. (At this one, you could go inside the buildings and slide down slides and stuff.0 It's now part of a wildlife park. Glad they are keeping it up.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
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It's great when places are visited by numerous generations.
There's a strange quality that grows around parks like that...
I'm happy to see that linked park is still going.

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Great is OK, but Amazing would be Great

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from: freebrook
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
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amazing. And the shoe reminded me of an old abandoned zoo near where I live, Benson's Animal Farm. Its been abandonded since maybe about 1989? They are actually reopening it at the end of this month as a city park (no animals). Anyway -- here's a video of there (not mine) that shows their "Old Lady that Lives in a Shoe" shoe-house at 1:30.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
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Ah, I saw that shoe on Flickr somewhere.
I recognized it once I saw the "Lost Boys" tag on the side of it...

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Loli clothing

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from: misskittiness
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
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I have always really enjoyed your post on this community. I checked out your personal lj and really enjoyed that too. I have added you, so I can have your interesting posts always on my friends page.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 15th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks :)
I guess it takes a special kind of person to think stinky abandoned buildings are "interesting" :P

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Jennifleur

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from: jennifleur
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
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The Rainbow Shaft would be a great name for a gay bar.
Cool picts in a kind creepy way it also reminded me of Santa's Village in Scotts Valley, CA. which now has long been shut down and abandoned.

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MapDark

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from: mapdark
date: May. 14th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
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That's what I was thinking myself !

The name is SO inappropriate XD

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pickleboot

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from: pickleboot
date: May. 14th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
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i remember that place. this post was hard to look at as my grandfather used to take us to visit, and one of the last places we went to as a family was here before he died.

thank you so much for posting and bringing back memories. but wow, so sad to see the ravages of time.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 15th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
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If the memories are good ones, no need to feel upset when they come to mind.
I'm happy to hear you like the post, and I'm sorry if it was upsetting to see things like they are now...

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Ronch Ronch Ronch

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from: sandoz_iscariot
date: May. 14th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
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Aw, this breaks my heart. :( It must have made so many kids happy.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 15th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
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Happy/gave nightmares... Even at the age I was, I still thought the place was crazy.
I did love it though...

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marence, an eternal student

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from: marence
date: May. 14th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
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That was one of my thoughts looking through this set - it looks like a Ren Faire in the off-season!

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blackswan72

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from: blackswan72
date: May. 14th, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
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It still holds a kind of magic even abondoned. It would be a great place for a lolita shoot!

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 15th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
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I may be doing a shoot there actually, though not "lolita" in theme...

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Mr. Naked

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from: naked_runner
date: May. 14th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
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This is so beautifully creepy. TY for sharing.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 15th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
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Welcome.

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UnRepentant, The Former Cranky UnDead Bastard

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from: unrepentant
date: May. 14th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
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Great stuff. Having been raised in NJ, it's rough to see this.

Thanks for posting all the great shots!

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 15th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
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It was overcast, which kinda killed the colours a bit, but at the same time it's suiting in a way.

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Lynnie

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from: pelethetart
date: May. 14th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
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Wonderful and haunting.

Like twisted images from a tormented child's mind really.

Do you know when this closed and why (other than I can imagine it inciting many nightmares, even in it's heyday)?

There was a place that was similar somewhere around Ft. Myers Florida. I remember going when I visited my aunt. There's a photo of me sitting in a large chair surround by the three bears. I look at it now and think how creepy it truly was. lol It's nice to have those memories though.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 15th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
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Yes, looking at it now we say "My God, how horrific", but as a kid I loved it.
It seems there were numerous parks like this around the US at about the same time...

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denshi_no_ultra

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from: denshi_no_ultra
date: May. 14th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
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That's so sad, really... It's not just an abandoned building, it's a clear sign that good, old-fashioned fairy tales have no place in the modern world.

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wait like the dawn, how it aches to meet the day

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from: raw_earthling
date: May. 14th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Couldn't agree more. I think it's beautiful, not creepy, and sad to see it deserted.

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John Louis

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from: grail76
date: May. 14th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Near Baltimore, There was a similar attraction, The Enchanted Forest.
http://theenchantedforest.ellicottcity.net/
It closes more than a decade ago and a preservation effort is being made. It had a lot of the feel of these pictures.

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Christina Therese

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from: deadgirl1307
date: May. 14th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
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We are actually hoping to go there. I was in that area a couple months ago but the new proper manager was staring me down. I walked up to him asking if I could film it. He wasn't interested and informed me that he was having it torn down for a bank.

Do you happen to know if it's still there? Maybe it didn't go through.

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