Lost History Found : Croop’s Glen Amusement Park, Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania


Croop's Glen, Route 11, Just outside of Nanticoke

Croop’s Glen, Route 11, just outside of Nanticoke, PA

Sometimes, history gets lost.  And I don’t mean long ago, far away history like those places or events that are ancient, but the history of less than a hundred years ago, right outside your own front door.   History, like the generation of people who share an experience or memory, begins to fade away if people don’t document and share it.

I first became aware of this fact while looking for information about an abandoned zoo  in my own hometown in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  The Kirby Park Zoo  (1932-1936)  was wiped out by the flood of 1936.  Now a little less than 80 years later, all that I can find about this local attraction are little bits and pieces of conflicting and incomplete information.

The generation of people who would have visited the Kirby Park  Zoo as children is quickly dwindling in numbers, and unless someone happens to come across photos while cleaning out a deceased relative’s house and decides to donate them to one of the local Historical Societies, I fear that the Kirby Park Zoo and its Olmsted Brother designed bridal/walking path that wound through that area of the park just a few decades ago, will fade away as part of Luzerne County’s lost history.

Luckily for another Luzerne County attraction, Ellen Geisel of Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, has generously come forward to share pictures that will save Croop’s Glen, a long abandoned amusement park along Route 11 in Hunlock Creek, from the threat of fading into oblivion.

Abandoned Pennsylvania: Croop's Glen (24), Luzerne County, Route 11
I first became aware of Croop’s Glen  last spring.   I was amazed to look down into the little valley where the park is situated to see remains of buildings being swallowed up by time and Mother Nature.  In a quest discover more about the park, I first went to Defunct Parks.com and found a few lines of information along with three pictures of a rollercoaster.

Next, I visited both the Plymouth Historical Society and the Luzerne County Historical Society and found very little additional information in their collections—a newspaper article about the collapse of a pavilion on the property during a picnic and some pictures of members of the Croop family standing next to a car.  Neither organization had ever received any pictures of the park to add to their resources.

I know it seems hard to believe that an amusement park that closed during the ‘40s because of WWII, but was used for the picnic grounds (possibly, and dance hall until early 1950’s), didn’t seem to have one image available less than 70 years later.

All of that changed when I found the following comment on my blog post about abandoned
Croop’s Glen:

“Would you like some pictures from the park from 1912 to about 1930? A relative of mine just passed away at the age of 99. Her father owned the the rides at Croop’s Glen while B. Frank Croop owned the park. My relative used to sell tickets at the park as a teenager. I also have
photos of her as a baby in 1912 sitting on a carousel horse. Please let me know how I can post them for you.”

The following information and pictures were sent to me from Ellen Geisel:

“I was so excited to find these pictures. I have all the originals and all but one is an old original. The one looks like it was a photo of a photo and I do not know where it came from. I also found out that Charles Shelley built the roller coaster and the Shoot-the-Chute at Harvey’s Lake. see http://harveyslake.org/stories/amusements/story_picnicgrounds_02.htm. Enjoy! ”–Ellen

Croop 1 – My cousin Jean (2nd from left) and some friends in front of the Pop Corn stand (Croop’s Glen)

Croop 2 – carousel – photo by Croop’s Glen Art Studio (Croop’s Glen)

Croop 3 – My cousin Jean selling tickets (Croop’s Glen)

Croop 4 – My cousin Jean as a baby on a carousel horse

A little history. Charles Shelley apparently worked at Harvey’s Lake and built the roller coaster and Shoot-the-Chute. They opened in 1910. He then married Luella Britton (not sure of the exact date). My cousin, Jean was born in March 1912. In 1913, Luella died giving birth to Jean’s little brother (the baby also died). Charles, not knowing how to raise a toddler daughter, hired a live in housekeeper/nanny to help raise Jean. Charles then hooked up with B. Frank Croop and they opened Croop’s Glen and stayed there until it closed in 1940?. Charles Shelley died in 1941 and I think B. Frank Croop died in the next year or two. I know Jean told me she used to sell tickets at the park and worked there as a teenager. Several years ago, we took
her to Knoebel’s and she rode the merry-go-round. She died this past July at the age of 99”–Ellen

Croop 6 – Charles Shelley (Croop’s Glen)

Croop 7 – Jean and Charles Shelley at Harvey’s Lake

Croop 8 – Jean and Charles

Croop 9 – The Whip (Note:  Ellen does not know if this is Croop’s Glen or Harvey’s Lake)

Croop 10 – Jean and unknown man at Harvey’s Lake

Croop 12 – Charles Shelley (Croop’s Glen)



Croop 13- dance hall? Not sure (Croop’s Glen)

Croop 15 – 4 men working on mechanics of a ride. I think Charles Shelley may be the one
kneeling on the left. This is the photo of a photo and I do not know where it came from. (Could be Croop’s Glen or Harvey’s Lake)

Croop16 – roller coaster. I believe Charles Shelley is pictured in the center looking up (Croop’s Glen)

Croop 50- carousel – Again Charles is in the center looking at the camera.


Thank you Ellen for making our history a little more complete!


More Recent Pictures From Croop’s Glen


Baby Contest Pavilion Collapse at Croop’s Glen


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  1. wow…… really neat!

  2. Fascinating.

    There is a large gear or cog of some sort corroding away on the north side of Route 11 near Hunlock Creek. I’ve always wondered why it’s there and where it came from. I wonder if it could be a part of a ride from this park?

    Don Williams posted a piece on the flood of 1936 that icluded images of bears in a cage at the Kirby Park Zoo. Which raises the question: why would you have bears in a local zoo? Might as well have deer, skunks, and rabbits, too! You want to see a bear around these parts, just wait a while.


    You probably know about this entry I did on the flood of 1936:


    • Who knows? ! I found all kinds of mechanical stuff in and around the property. There was some farming equipment on the property too….so I guess it could be from anything.

      I’ve seen a picture of the Kirby Park Zoo bears during the flood in one of the local papers….But that picture posted by Don Williams shows much more detail. And that structure looks like nothing that is left in Kirby Park that people keep referring to as zoo remains (myself included)…..It’s become this mystery that I feel compelled to solve!

      According to the bits of information that I could find, the zoo had monkeys, bears, deer, buffalo, wild game birds, and several other small animals….The concept kind of reminds me of that zoo at Hershey Park—they have black bears and wild turkeys, too! It’s funny; I’ve talk to more than a handful of people who have told me that they remember the elephants in Kirby Park! They must be confusing that zoo with Nay Aug Park—I don’t think any elephants ever loved next to the Susquehanna River! 😉 The Kirby Park Zoo was small…. The path that it was on is historically significant also—The Olmsted Brothers designed Kirby Park. They also did places like Central Park and the Vanderbilt Estate in addition to much of the landscape of the entire nation. One of their hallmarks was the concept of a path that could be used to walk or drive through a natural—a parkway for vehicles on a tour of nature. I would love to find pictures of what we now call The Olmsted Trail in Kirby Park back when the park was completed!

        • Pete H
        • January 10th, 2015

        There were elephants at the Kirby Park Zoo, and they lived comfortably along the river until the flood, and subsequent building of the levee system which secured the end to the zoo. My Grandmother had pictures of the zoo (complete with elephants!) next time I talk to my sister I will get them and post them……

        • Michael B Rahl
        • August 26th, 2016

        I agree.
        Is there nothing at the museum?

        • Frank
        • January 12th, 2017

        Hi, Do you have any info or pictures about the Red Rock Game farm from the early 50’s at the base of the red rock mountain I was there a few times. I know they had a bear in a pit they dug in the ground with a fence around it and a gift shop that sold food for the bear and people would throw food for the bear and he would catch it in his mouth. I know they had other animals but I don’t remember what they were since I took my little brother 6 yrs old to see the bear only. I would like get more info on it. I was told that Croops Glenn closed in the early 40’s because of the war and that it was a nice park in it’s day. When we would go by it in the 50’s there was a lot more of it standing. Up the road from it was another park the has a auto race track and some rides and bowling alley I think it was Palace park it was on the decline when I was a teen. I remember that had concert there and Sly and the family Stone was the headliner and it cause such a traffic backup that the band couldn’t get there to play for hours and people were leaving and demanding their money back. I t made all the papers it was a big deal at the time. As for Kirby park I was told by some old timers that there were foundations on the riverside between the dike that would show up after a high level of spring water went down. There were a lot of little pools and places around the valley. My Mother liked to swim and we would go to Harveys Lake, Lake Silkworth, Pete Wolfs grove , San Souci and Witinski’s Villa above Warrior Run. It was on the mountain up there and I think the poll was fed by a stream. It had a concrete dam a picnic area and a fishing lake. The Nanticoke Kiwanis had the Harvey’s Creek dammed up for quite a few years and was a nice area to swim and picnic late 40’s and 50’s When the dam broke they couldn’t get a permit to rebuild it. The remains of were there for long time. there was a series of 3 dams on a creek that brought water to the Huber breaker in Ashley and it had a large stone that was like a bath tub and kids would slide into it’ I remember wearing our bathing suits doing that and swimming there in the summers all the time in the early 50’s. My mother would talk about a coal company park in Sugar Notch where the Holy Family Church parking lot is now that was taken away because of labor dispute with the Minors. From what she said it had lot’s of swings, a wading pool, sand boxes. When I was in grade school we would play a baseball game almost every night in the spring to the fall I think we played on the original diamond there was a back stop. She said that park has basketball courts. I heard of a Calander that a barber shop gave out with pictures of Sugar notch and the park was one of them but I could never get a hold of one. He gave them out in the 80’s Frank

        • jason
        • February 14th, 2017

        hi my name is jason i grew up playing in an around croops glen my mom was very good friends with jimmy croop he was a very nice man his house is the brick one that sits on the top of the drive way we use to go swimming an have picnics all the time if you were on the property you probably noticed all the jeeps he was very well off an he use to buy a new every year i could still remember them jeep grand Cherokees he owned the post office across the st an all so the train station that is on the other side of the road from what i remember he told me that there was some one i believe it was a little girl that was biten by a copper head snake that was in one of the carts on the roller coaster she pasted from the injuries later on after that happened the family sued an the park never recovered the reason i remember this is he use to tell us all the time watch out for copper heads after the park closed he went in to the lumber business again if you were on the property you must have seen all the stacks of unsold lumber that still remains on the property Jimmy ended up passing away sometime ago an his sisters took over the property they do not get along from what i remember an thats why the property is stuck in limbo but jimmy did do something to keep the park alive he donated the carousel horses to knobles he had a good friendship with the knobles family so im sure that they would beable to tell you more about him an croops glen …

    • Brenda
    • September 16th, 2011

    Property was just sold contact me if you want to know who bought it

    • I sent you a message on Facebook….Thanks! 😉

      • Kenny
      • February 14th, 2016

      I was wondering who bought the property

      • Ed
      • December 25th, 2017

      Who owns the land currently?

      • Dan Donovan
      • September 6th, 2021

      Hi Brenda,
      I’m having issues finding out the owners of the land there now.. please tex me or email me..I really would like to know.. I’m from the area..
      Danny Donovan
      Thank you.

    • Amy
    • September 17th, 2011

    how wonderful you wrote this! My mother told us stories of kirby park zoo and there were amusement rides there too… saw a picture once..not sure if I can find it again, but will look. I wish my mother was still alive 😦 you would have enjoyed the history you could learn from her.

    • Linda H.
    • September 17th, 2011

    I drive by there all the time. I didn’t believe it when people told me that Croops Glen was an amusement park. I could not imagine that it was so. Now I don’t have to imagine. Great pictures.

  3. What a wonderful post and comments! I have often wondered about Croop’s Glen, and have photographed the site (without really knowing where I was – it’s just a nice place with a gate to nowhere!), and I grew up and still live at Harveys Lake, so Hanson’s has always been on my radar screen.

    • Frank Polanowski
    • September 26th, 2011

    Very nice article, Cheri!
    I’m glad to see that many people from our area are getting involved in preserving what we can of our not-so-distant past! I wish more people would comb through their old pictures, scrapbooks, etc., in an effort to retreive as much as we can about our past before it is forgotten. I’d like to see someone delve into the various locations of those “Dance Halls” that dotted the hillsides in the various town in our valley. I’m ever hopeful that someone will eventually come up with a picture of those unique wooden “troughs” that the mining operations built to prevent water from the streams on the mountain from seeping into the mines!

      • Frank
      • January 12th, 2017

      I lived in Sugar Notch and when I was about 11 or 12 we would climb the mountain and find them pretty much in tact. they were raised up off the ground to pitch them over the land. There were 2 of that ran along side of each other about 10 to 15 feet apart. we would climb in them and play they were filled with leaves and we would have races in them. the floor was there at that time but some of it rotted away and we would have to get out find where it was good again there were parts of it on the ground where it fell over but a lot of it was there. It was a distance from the town and not too many could go up there to play. Frank

    • Garth Davidson
    • January 11th, 2012

    Hi Sheri,

    Back again to your very interesting site. You have been busy ! I saw the photos posted of a woman named Jean and her father, the builder & keeper, it seems, of the two parks: Hanson’s and Croop’s Glen. He looks just like Spencer Tracy staring out of history at us. I lived in Plymouth in the late 1950’s and we used to hitchhike down Route 11 to Croop’s Glen to go swimming. No one said anything about an old park. We went for the cold water, sliding off the waterfalls into the deep basin, sunning out on the rocks – and we met other people there doing the same thing. No one ever bothered us. We even camped there, with campfires and hooting & shouting in the woods. I don’t know if we disturbed any neighbors or not, but we never saw another soul. We discovered the ruins of the old coasters overgrown in the woods, just as your photos show the extant buildings. Being impressionable kids, we thought they were the ruins of a lost city ! It took us a while to put together the idea that someone had actually built a roller coaster out here in the woods, next to the creek where we went swimming. That just really seemed like a delicious mystery. I came back in the 70’s and, again, enjoyed swimming, lying out on the rocks – brought some friends with me, we explored the place thoroughly. I’ve been back there as recently at 2010, and the only difference in 40 years was the “jungle” swallowed up more of the wood – it may have been washed away in mini-flood events – kids might have taken the dry boards and made fires with them. It was an abandoned ghost-town, just as you said, and anyone could go there to discover what they wanted to.

    Your articles, and the responses from people who lived there, have opened up the mystery so much more. No one else on the web seems aware of it ( Croop’s Glen ) – and what a big deal it was back in the day. Congratulations – I’ll keep reading. It really is a worth-while pursuit. Oh, and we did run into the mill owners once or twice. They had dogs, were threatening to shoot us if we didn’t get off their property and stay off – they really tried to put a scare into us. I guess they’d had it with vandals and kids like us trespassing on their property. But it was such an irresistible place. The water was the thing – the old ruins were just a curiosity. I guess what real estate people call, an ‘attractive nuisance’. Loved your idea of somehow restoring the place – rebuilding the park as a park, with an education center – photos, recordings – like a small museum – and some care taken of the beautiful natural features. I can easily imagine it being a place where the original natives came for hunting, camping, and ceremonial meetings. Who wouldn’t ?

    Garth Davidson

    • Brian
    • February 12th, 2012

    I also want to point out that on the same property of Croops Glen is a cemetary that has the family they named Hunlock Creek, PA after burried in it , Jonathon Hunlock and his wife Mary Hunlock. The entire property is extreamly historical. I have photos taken in 2012 of the cemetary and the head stones, contact me if you want the pictures or info on where to find this hard to find cemetary on the property. Just be careful because the property is marked no tresspassing and I also heard as of Sept of 2011 it is owned by new people who cleared alot of the items off the property and from the train station across the highway.

    • Mary Virtue Hartman
    • February 21st, 2012

    I Grew up in the hotel across the street from Croops Glen. I know the layout of the park like a book. We played there for years after it closed,even got the rides running onetime.picked flowers at the old cemetary for my teachers.It was covered in Lillies of the Valley.There was also the remains of an old iron furnace up the creek from the sawmill. I would think it is gone from all the flooding.I have a photo of B.F.Croop taken at the park’s photo stand. It was run by Pat Garrick(or Garratt) and his wife ,they also ran the kiddyrides.Last time I was there(8 or 9 years ago0the only thing left was the refreshment stand and roller rink.The roller rink opersted for several years after the park closed.Would be glad to give you more information. It is a shame they demolished the whole neighborhood,it was the hub of Hunlocks.

      • Tom Kupp
      • March 15th, 2013

      My father’s 5th or 6th grade class photo from Hanover twp. (1932) has “P.V(?) Garick, Croop’s Glen” written sideways along the side.

        • Anonymous
        • May 29th, 2013

        please post that photo:-)

    • susan madl
    • February 23rd, 2012


    • Alex
    • March 20th, 2012

    WOW. I live in this area (Hunlock Creek), just up the road (not even a Minuit away). I have only herd stories of it and have explored the area various times. Still i was unaware of how far back in history it goes. What stuns me even more are those pictures! It’s really cool to see things that I’m aware of now, In it’s original condition. I know that part of the park is somewhat being used by people as there is an area up above the main area that is a perfect swimming hole. it’s locally known as “the Falls” or “Hunlock Creek Falls”. Up there you do see some holes in the rocks that look like they were not done naturally. It’s a great area and it’s interesting that something from the past (even if it’s indirectly) is still being used. My only gripe with this is often people pollute the area.

  4. I have a question not a comment. How would I get in touch with someone to get permission to go on to the property to hunt with a metal detector for lost items

      • Charlene
      • May 10th, 2013

      Albert I have been trying to locate the person that now owns the property but have not been able to do so. It is one of the areas that I have been interested in hunting. There are many ways to preserve history and metal detecting provides one of the ways to do this. Uncovering the past out of layers of dirt and thinking of who touched it before or what they did with it.
      Would love to be able to hunt Croops and the old train station.

      From what I understand from talking to people there use to be a hotel that set on the corner that the old Hunlock Post Office is on.

        • Robert Hartman
        • February 23rd, 2016

        Charlene, you are correct their was a hotel there . The man that owns the property now lives in New York (long Island ) if you e mail me I can get you in touch with him .

    • Anonymous
    • July 1st, 2012

    I grew up in Hunlock Creek and did some historical research of the area for a College paper. I was told by some long time residents that the park closed when the bandstand collapsed injuring or killing several people and the park shut down when they lost the case in court so the Croop family didn’t have the money to pay the judgment. I read elsewhere that Knobles Grove still uses part or all of the carousel from Croops Glen. I was also told that Mr. Hunlock’s grave is located elsewhere, a small cemetary a few miles south of the Hunlock Creek Road between the river and Route 11. Another site has some post cards of the Park with people swimming below the falls.

  5. My dad was born and raised in shickshinny. He remembers hitting his head on a cross beam on one of the coasters.

    • Mike
    • February 26th, 2013

    The cemetary where Hunlock’s grave is 3/4 up to top of hill above the saw mill. I cleaned the brush out and bilt a fence around it and havent been back to see it since 1982 or 83. Jim Croop told me that the big gears were from the iron works down stream from the park at the river.

    • Andrea
    • April 4th, 2013

    Pretty sure #9 is the “Dodgem’s” (sp) from Hanson’s. #14 also looks like Hanson’s, however the background on the left looks like there may be a building. The dance floor is on the 2nd floor and you would not have seen a building there. I have photos I would have to find of Hanson’s right before they started work on the amphitheater. I grew up down the road, my family owns The Sportsman’s Bar.

    • Pam Castellani
    • April 5th, 2013

    I also live not too far from Croop’s Glen. I have always been interested in the mystique of this park and always disappointed to not be able to find out much about it. I am originally from Kingston and I never knew anything about the park until I married and moved to Sweet Valley. I worked in Plymouth at the time which meant that I would drive past the brick pillars and old metal sign (which was still readable at the time, in the 80’s). This prompted me to ask my family members about the park. My father has owned property at North Lake since the early 60’s. We vacationed at the lake every year and never recalled hearing any mention of the old park. And yes, as with most area residents, Hanson’s was “all the rage.”
    So I asked my mother about Croop’s Glen one day. What a surprise! She told me that her uncle often took she and her cousins there for picnics. Now this made sense. My mother was born in Wilkes-Barre but was raised by her Aunt in Benton. Sad to say, I have never known of any photos but if I find any, I’ll be sure to let you know!
    Also it is true that the carousel from Croop’s is at Knoebel’s and is in the kiddie section of the park. They also have a candy apple or cotton candy stand (it’s near the giant swing ride) and an old fashioned Wurlitzer organ that plays back by the roller coaster.

    • Marv
    • April 21st, 2013


    • Anonymous
    • May 29th, 2013

    I too moved to the area within the last 10 yrs and purchased land once owned by one of the Croops. I am obesessed with finding more photos and info on this park!!!! It is wonderful to see that some others are as excited and interested in preserving a very interesting part of our nepa history! !!Kudos to Knoebels for purchasing items from Croops Glen as well as Rocky Glen…I am enjoying reading these- let’s keep the info coming!!! 🙂 Ali. P.

    • Greg
    • September 10th, 2014

    Amazing information about this park. Is it possible to still go and visit and possibly take pictures of the area. I am also in to metal detecting and would love to have an opportunity to visit and see if I could rescue any artifacts that may display the park’s heritage. Any information of the land owner would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Haileigh
    • February 17th, 2015

    I live in hunlock creek and I never new that was there so now I’m picturing what it was like back then

    • Karen Post
    • February 13th, 2016

    I am cleaning out my father’s estate; at the same time, I pulled a box of items out of the closet that my mother gave me well over 30 years ago. In it is a Croop’s Glen full body bathing suit (not sure if it is a womens or mens) with the initials C.G. written in cursive on the front. The tag identification is CROOP’S GLEN HUNLOCK, CREEK, P.A. suites made by Gantner & Mattern Co. San Francisco, Calif. I intended to sell it on ebay with no luck finding a like item to value it. So, I hit the web and came across postings of the long lost amusement park in Pennsylvania…very interesting. The history of this specific suit has been lost; it belonged to a family member but I have no idea who owned it. It is up for sale but I do not know how to price it; can you help?

    • Hello Karen! Since I don’t know the answer, I’ve posted your question to some local groups on social media. One great suggestion that I’ve received so far is:

      I would tell her to seek out the advice of professionals. She can start by contacting Savo Auctioneers at 570-876-8100.

      I hope this helps!



  6. My grandmother recalls being there when she was about 9 or 10 (she was born in 1928) when they were holding a baby contest and all the mothers were holding their babies on the bridge when it collapsed into the creek below.

  7. Also, two rides from Croop’s are currently in operation at Knobels Amusement Resort in Elysburg. The small carousel and the whippet

  8. I believe that you can find the Carousel still working at Knoebels (sp?)

    • Yes! The kiddie carousel (S&G) and Whipper at Knoebels are from Croops Glen. After the S&G carousel left Groops Glen, it was at Knoebels from 1948-1950. It then went to Sunset Beach Park in Harvey’s Lake PA from 1950 to sometime in the 1960s. From that point to 1975, I believe it was kept in storage by private party. The carousel went back to Knoebels in 1975 and has been operating there ever since.

    • Terry
    • February 14th, 2016

    I have lived in the Hunlock Creek/Rickett’s Glen area all my life (55yrs). I have never heard of Croops Glen & find all this (& the pics) extremely fascinating.

    • Diana Pearson Rightmire
    • February 14th, 2016

    My grandmother told me about riding the rides at Croops Glen many years ago. I have never been back in there but would love to walk back in and see it. I believe I’ve seen pictures of a big swimming pool cut out of the creek.

    • Liz (Ide) Butikofer
    • February 14th, 2016

    I remember (1970’s) wandering around a defunct park, by Sylvan Lake, Sweet Valley, PA. We would ride our bikes there. The rink was there and old pictures and advertisements littered the place. I swear there was a ferris wheel skeleton as well.
    I was born in ’62, but that park must have been shut down years earlier. I do remember the Park at Harveys Lake though, and swimming at Sandy Beach as well.

      • Robert Hartman
      • February 23rd, 2016

      The place your referring to at Sylvan Lake was called PETE WOLFE`S it was a roller skating rink and dance hall . There were some small rides there also so a roller coaster was not out of the question .

      • Anonymous
      • April 26th, 2016

      That park is Pete Wolf’s. Used to roller skate there and have reunions.

    • Nancy Evans
    • February 14th, 2016

    Thank you so much for this walk back in time.. My father is 91 years old and remembers everything.. He grew up in Laurel Run and went to Handson’s Park at Harvey’s Lake.. I will ask him about Croop’s Glenn.. He may know more stories as well.. You should share this with a Facebook page that follows the history of Luzerne County.

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    • Mabel McKeel
    • May 21st, 2016

    My mother and her sister and brother went to Croop’s Glen often as children. As a teenager in the 1950’s I swam in the “deep hole” in the creek. The pillars at the entrance are still there. Probably someone could find some artifacts if they explored the area.The sawmill was owned by Ed Babcock in the 1950’s and 1960’s.When my husband’s sawmill burned down in 1957, our loggers donated logs which Mr. Babcock then sawed into timbers for us to rebuild our sawmill which was in the Lake Silkworth area.I was more familiar with Sans Souci Park, the site of which is now occupied by the Hanover area Jr-Sr High School. I also have been to Rocky Glen and Hanson’s back in the 50’s. Several miles up the Hunlock Creek road was a small park called Rummage’s. It had a swimming pond, a roller rink, a 6-lane bowling alley, a picnic area, and maybe a small bar.

    • Anonymous
    • May 22nd, 2016

    I remember my mother and the other Hartman children talking of Croop’s Glen who only lived a little ways up the road from there. I look almost every time where the sign hung on the pillars when I turn off Rt. 11 towards Hunlock Creek. I also remember the saw mill, the gas station, the hotel, and the Croop’s homestead that sat in that same general area. The train use to go passing behind the gas station headed towards West Nanticoke passing Hunlock Creek Drive-In, Stookey’s Barbeque(both still in business), Bruni’s Auto, and Whitebreads Feed Mill.The gas station building still sets on Rt. 11 turned east to west in the woods on the right. I swam in the bath tubs as we called them on top of the falls when I was 5 or so, the park was not operational. I remember teenagers and adults crawling up the trees and diving into the water below (yes there were deaths in that pool of water). At Knobles in Elysburg Pa. they have a museum that has one of the Merry-Go-Round Horses from Croop’s Glen! As I grew up San Souci Park with the Roller Coaster being next to the highway was were we went. Then going to Lake-Lehman High School Sandy Beach was alive and hopping at Haveys Lake. Hanson’s was known for the amusement park and our 5 th class reunion. As time moves on it will be our 45th reunion this year. It is always a thrill to reminisce and pass on memories of things gone by.

    • Anonymous
    • May 22nd, 2016

    I had the pleasure of being able to camp and fish here during the summers as a child. My step father personally knew James Croop, and we would go up there every weekend and help with the grass cutting and trimming of the trees and fixing things. Jimmy was the son of the mastermind to this amusement park. The pavillion was still standing but all the rides were gone. Concrete pads were all that remained. Unfortunately when Jimmy passed his relatives form down towards Philly made a big thing about the property and gated everything, so I haven’t been there in years. His house he lived in is totally trashed from kids and the sawmill is gone. What’s left of it is falling into itself. It’s a shame. So many childhood memories, gone. My stepfather was supposed to inherit some of the property but magically the will Jimmy had went missing. Just goes to show you what money will do to people

    • Justin
    • June 8th, 2016

    From what my dad has told me, the dance hall operated well into the 50s. My uncle used to go there back in tge day. The hall was shut down after it collapsed into the creek and a few teenagers died. The dance hall extended out over the creek.

    • jim
    • June 8th, 2016

    I have to tell you something that is truly strange. About 3 or 4 years ago friends of ours who live in Hunlock Creek lost their dogs. 3 big Great Danes A day later they found one down by route 11 but not the other two. We searched and searched. I heard about a psychic from California who you could call, there was a fee of course, and she would tell you where your dog was. She told us that she saw the dogs running in an old amusement park. We told her there was no such park in the area. She replied that that was where they were and that was what she saw. Later we came to find that there had been one there years ago …Croop’s Glen! The 2 dogs were found and except for some porcupine quills that had to be removed they all 3 were fine.

    • Anonymous
    • August 18th, 2016

    I was told the welfare group had a picnic they took a group picture and the bridge collapsed and they tried to sue that’s why croop closed the park and left alone to rot

      • Tj
      • August 25th, 2016

      They had no choice. They couldn’t sell the property until the owners passed away because of the lawsuits.

    • Jacqueline Dynarski
    • August 25th, 2016

    Oh wow.. I don’t know if if this Croop is a part of my family … My fraternal grandmother ( now deceased) maiden name was Croop and they lived in hunlocks creek .. I know a carousel that is by the Phoenix at knoebles I came from my family of Croops.. I wonder if that carousel was possibly at Croop Glenn Park .. Oh my goodness … I wish I could find out

    • Jessica
    • February 16th, 2017

    The graves of the Hunlock family that founded Hunlock Creek are located on the Croop property. I did a report on the family a long time ago. A descendent of Mr. Croop took us deep into the woods to show us the old gravestones. I wonder if the current owners even know the graves are on their property.

    • Phyllis Myer
    • February 20th, 2017

    My Grandmother, Mildred Weiss (née Ellen Mildred Sorber) worked at Croop’s Glen when my mother (Virginia Weiss (Myer) was a kid. This would have been in the late 1920’s. She spent a lot of time at the park while her mom was working. They lived on art. 11 in West Nanticoke. My mom used to talk about the people she knew at Croop’s Glen quit a lot. She was especially fond of Jean Shelley.

    • Anonymous
    • April 9th, 2017

    Private property!!

    • Bruce J. Hanson
    • May 4th, 2017

    I have pictures and movies of Hanson’s Park from 1920’s until closing. Photo of whip is definitely not Hanson’s just for the record.

    • Maria
    • September 20th, 2017

    I drive by here every single day & never noticed the remains of the park entry way until now!

    • Liz Scovell Murray
    • July 20th, 2019

    Jean Shelley was best friends with my Great Grandmother Margaret Scovell (Maiden Name Lloyd). She was such a wonderful lady! these pictures made my day, I don’t think I have ever seen pictures of her as a child. Do you have a book or futher information?

    • Claire capitano lowe
    • July 24th, 2019

    I love reading about this history! Claire Lowe

    • Donna Michell Castellanos
    • October 12th, 2020

    Wow…I just crossed about this looking about Hunlock Creek since I was born in Wilkes Barre 1947. We lived in Hunlock Creek until 1960. We lived across the road of the Myers Saw Mill and right beside that there was a big cemetery. I don’t remember any of the names of Croups Glen family. I do remember on our acers, down by the Hunlock Creek, there was a place for picnics and had places to sit, etc. I also remember going to roller skates and bowling. They also had a pond…could that be Park Rummage? I still have spoken with Dena Myers occasionally.

    • Anthony b Foglietta
    • October 23rd, 2021

    Is there a picture of the entrance sign? It was made of steel and the vertical framing is still there. Tony.

    • tony344
    • January 4th, 2022

    I remember going past in the 70’s there was a sign on a arch over the entrance that was growed up with brush.

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