We have recently featured various aspects of the subject park in this space. We would be remise if we did not feature the amazing roller coaster. There are not many wooden roller coasters left. The one that was at Buckroe, originally built in 1897 and surviving until the demolition of the park in 1987, was surely a highlight of many of our childhoods. I've included a bunch of pictures below to refresh your memory of "how is was".
I am looking for pictures of the Amusement Park lunch counter that bordered the beach road and faced the fenced-in bandstand. Also am looking for pictures of the bandstand. If you have some personal photoes of these, we would greatly appreciate you contacting us. Thanks!!!
Photos courtesy of the Daily Press and David Spriggs
Appeared on December 19, 2011
Buckroe Amusement Park Carousel Earlier this week we featured the Buckroe Miniature Lighthouse in this space. The other surviving artifact from the Amusement Park is of course the Carousel which currently resides beside the Virginia Air and Space Museum. If anyone knows of additional surviving artifacts, please let me know. Photos courtesy of David Spriggs
Appeared December 15, 2011
Miniature Lighthouse - Buckroe Amusement Park
Perhaps the only thing left in Buckroe of the Buckroe Amusement Park (with the exception of many fine memories) is the Miniature Lighthouse. I did not know the lighthouse had survived until this summer when I performed at the Buckroe waterfront park with Fat Ammon's Band. It is located to the right of the stage area about 70 feet away. Do you know any of the ladies in the picture?
Photo courtesy of David Spriggs
Appeared December 12, 2011
So far in this space, we have featured things that have experienced change over the years. It occurred to me as I was looking for material to fill this space tonight, that one pass time from our Decade that appears to not have changed is Bumper Cars. On a recent trip to Busch Gardens with my grandkids, a visit to the Bumper Cars could have well looked the same 50 years ago with possibly one exception: safety straps. I cannot remember is there were safety straps in the Buckroe days, but I doubt that there were. As I remember, the real difference here was the guy at Buckroe that had a distinct, low-pitched and slightly harsh voice who ran the Bumper Cars at Buckroe for years. He always repeated the safety speech before each session exactly the same way and in the same tone of voice. My friends and I memorized the speech and would try to imitate the original...all part of the fun from that era.
Photo courtesy of David Spriggs
Appeared December 8, 2011
Buckroe Amusement Park looking towards the bay
Hurricane Gladys - September 1964 Buckroe Beach
In the '60s before the Buckroe Beach Front was rennovated, a row of house stood right on the beach just a short distance from the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park. Hurricane Gladys caused quite a bit of damage in that area in the fall of 1964. I found these pictures in an old album today and it reminded me that there were actually shops, eating (and drinking) establishments and a bath house right on the beach just down from the Amusement Park.
Damage to houses on Buckroe Beach - 1964
Shops and Restaurants on the Buckroe Beach Strip
Across the Street from the Amusement Park
Appeared December 5, 2011
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