Historic places rise like a lost miracle


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It seems that many years ago, we took our son and daughter to Fairy Tale Forest down the hill from our house the Oak Ridge location of the park.

Sadly, the mystical Fairy Tale Forest became a dormant forest in recent years, and we wondered what would replace it-housing, stores, a church or just remain in a vegetative state. It once was a relatively an inexpensive place to bring young children to fairy tales that we had read to our two children, as did others.

My wife, a school teacher in an urban district, used fairy tales, and other stories to teach students two and three languages, as she did in a number of years, and she would award those young students with trips to Fairy Tale Forest in its once splendor and wonder. Yet, the Fairy Tale Forest fell on hard times and disappeared from view, but now news has come that a restaurant will be on the old site, and the Forest itself will be revived by the granddaughter of the original founders of the Park, which will mean jobs for some and wonder for young children.

On the heals of this news, there are now reports that the old Ringling Manor, a mile or two away from the mythical forest tale, could also be revived with a proposed sale of $800,000, coming into view. This would be a boon to Jefferson Township, as it could bring back the $75,000 organ, and much of the history of the circus, which once wintered on the once broad estate. Both events are possible second chances, but the odds for success are hopefully high.

Bill Weightman

Hardyston



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