Few names conjure up as much respect, admiration or praise as that of Frederick Douglass. On the 200th anniversary of his birth, Preservation Maryland is proud to remember the contributions of one the state’s most famous citizens.
Abraham Lincoln made many visits and stops in Maryland over the course of his presidency and broader political career, but perhaps none are as photographically iconic as his trip to the Maryland countryside in October of 1862.
Vintage Maryland: Trimpers Rides and Amusements
08/19/2017 By Waxter Intern
Maryland’s Eastern Shore is home to the oldest family-owned amusement park in the United States! Trimpers Rides and Amusements was founded in 1893 and is still spinning today.
Daniel and Margaret Trimper opened two hotels, the Sea Bright and the Eastern Shore, just three years after arriving in Ocean City, Maryland. After a storm damaged the Sea Bright in 1900, they rebuilt it in the style of Windsor Castle in England. Their hotels, amusement park, and theatre were known as the Windsor Resort.
Windsor Resort by Trimpers. Photo from Trimpers.
Twelve years later, Daniel purchased a 50 foot Herschell-Spillman Carousel, which still operates in the park today. When it was installed, it was one of the biggest in the country! The park expanded over the century to include a haunted house, designed and built by a Ringling Brother’s art director, a ferris wheel, several rides, and shops.
Today it is owned and operated by the fifth generation of Trimpers. Over a century has passed since its founding, but parts of the park remain the same. Visitors can still get spooked in the haunted house or enjoy the beauty and novelty of the antique rides and ticket booths, all in working conditions, that are spread throughout indoor portion of the park.
This post was written by Maggie Pelta-Pauls, a Waxter Intern with Preservation Maryland. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Maggie is primed to research and write about Maryland history – especially culinary history. Learn more about Maggie and our The Waxter Memorial Internship program here: presmd.org/waxter.
A legacy gift from William D. Waxter, III established the Waxter Memorial Internship to help Preservation Maryland support the next generation in historic preservation.