Carousel at Nipmuc Park

Along with the carousel can be seen other activities and amusements at Nipmuc.
Also included are pictures of it after it was moved to Pleasure Island.

Our thanks to Tom Irons of Mendon for providing us with his help and most of the following information.

    Our thanks to the following individuals mentioned below, or along
    with the images, for providing these rare and wonderful photos.

Pleasure Island Attractions - The Carousel
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The advertisement for the new carousel.
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A slide from William Drury of Chelmsford

1966 Photo from John Gavreau (holding child in both photos)
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Eddie Gaudreau (Printed in August 1968)

    The Muller carousel horse pictured above (shown with Nick Davis riding) has
    been magnificently restored and is now at home in New Mexico. It can be
    found in Marianne Stevens: Painted Ponies, available from Amazon.com.

Nick Davis on the carousel in 1965
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    Wurlitzer believed to be from the Pleasure Island
    Carousel (and Nipmuc Park) now at Clark's Trading
    Post, Lincoln, New Hampshire. Ray DiPirro Photo  
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A photo of the carousel from the Wakefield Historical Society
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Below - Horse Orphans waiting for a new home.

Luckily they did find homes.
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    Horses from the sale of Pleasure Island Park.  They were originally at Nipmuc.
    The top photo was taken at Crescent Park, R.I.  Steve Gilman photos

    A former Nipmuc/Pleasure Island carousel horse
    displayed by a lucky collector at his home.

                An interesting story involving Nipmuc Park from a TV series:

    TV Shows » Crossing Jordan » A Token of Her Affection
           
    Rated: K+ - English - Reviews: 2 - Published: 04-02-06 - Complete - id: 2873981.-- The token from
    Nipmuc Park

    "Garret! Sorry to make you wait. Have you been here long?" Jordan tucked her dark brown curls behind
    one ear and slid onto the barstool next to him.

    "Nope, just walked in myself. I ordered us both a scotch – okay with you?" Garret smiled at her with
    genuine affection. "Or would you rather have a Guinness?"

    "With the snow in the air, it doesn't really feel like a beer night, does it?" She wrinkled her nose at him
    and laughed. It struck him as funny too, and he joined in her laughter.

    "And what, may I ask, is so humorous tonight?" Max set the tumblers of amber liquid down in front of
    them, and cocked an eyebrow at his daughter and her friend. For some reason, this caused them both
    to start giggling again, until Garret was gasping for breath and Jordan had tears in her eyes. Max
    grinned, shook his head at the two of them, and went to pour a draft for a customer at the other end of
    the bar. He liked seeing his beautiful daughter in such a good mood for a change.

    Garret held up quarters and gestured at the pool table in the back of the bar. "Care for a game?"

    Jordan snagged their drinks on her way out of her seat. "May I remind you of the whipping you took on
    this very same pool table last week, sir? Of course, I'd love to beat you again, if you think you're up for it!"

    They continued their banter on into the evening hours, sipping their drinks, playing pool, and just
    enjoying each other's company. The bar slowly emptied as the hours rolled by. After winning three
    straight games, Jordan dug into her jeans pockets for more quarters and came up with the token she
    had found earlier that day. She looked at it again and realized she had rubbed some of the grime off
    earlier; the lettering was almost legible. She and Garret had their heads together over the token, trying
    to read it, when Max came over to check on the status of their drinks.

    "Dad?" Jordan turned to him. "Have you ever heard of a Nipmuc Park? I think this is from an
    amusement park, but I don't recognize the name." She reached out her hand with the coin flat on her
    palm.

    Max's jaw dropped, and he stared at his daughter. "Where did you get that, Jordan? Where? Tell me!"

    "Dad? What's wrong? It's just an old token!" She was confused. "I found it in the parking garage this
    morning. Why?" Max was still staring at the token like it had sprouted wings, and Jordan and Garret
    exchanged blank looks. What was this all about?

    "Ah Jordan, you've been to Nipmuc Park."

    "I have? I can't remember ever even having heard of it before!" She frowned at her father. "Are you sure?"
    Max sat down at the table and motioned for Garret and Jordan to do the same. He smiled at them and
    said "There's a story I never told you. You wouldn't remember it; you were only four years old. Your
    mother and I decided to take you to Mendon, to Nipmuc Amusement Park. It was only an hour's drive,
    and we thought you might be old enough to enjoy it.

    It was a beautiful sunny day, and the park wasn't too crowded. You had your first cotton candy that day.
    And you fell in love with the carousel. We bought enough tokens to let you ride it over and over again."
    Max smiled at the memory. "I can still see you on that carousel horse, grinning from ear to ear and
    waving at us every time you came around. When we finally got you off that thing, there were only three
    tokens left. You begged to keep one, and your mother said 'This was the best day ever. Let's each keep
    a token and…'"

    Softly and slowly, Jordan interrupted. "…and remember this day for the rest of our lives." She had a look
    of surprise on her face when she continued, "I remember that! I don't remember the carousel, or the
    park, but I remember Mom smiling at me and saying that!"

    "Jordan, you were only four, you couldn't possibly remember that."

    "No, Dad, I do. She was wearing a yellow sundress, and she looked so happy. It was like a little
    ceremony, and it made me feel so special. Why have I never remembered that until now? It's so clear in
    my mind!"

    Max frowned and looked down at his hands. "I threw those tokens in the trash, Jordan, after your mother
    died. It was too hard to look at them. That park closed down shortly after we were there, and it never
    reopened. That was over thirty years ago." He looked across the table at her and wondered aloud, "How
    could you have possibly run across a token from there in a parking lot in Boston thirty years later?"

    Max shook his head, got up, and headed for the bar door to lock it. Jordan turned to Garret and took a
    deep breath. "Gar, I know it sounds weird, but earlier tonight I was wishing I could have a sign from my
    mother, to know that she really cared about me. Do you think it's possible…?"

    Garret put an arm around her shoulders and pulled her close to him. He spoke softly into her hair, "Yes,
    Jordan, I don't care how weird it sounds, I do think it's possible. Your mother loved you very much, and
    maybe this is your sign." He reached out and closed her hand around the token. "A token of her
    affection, Jordan". And they both smiled.

    The Park, renamed Lakeview Amusement Park, during the 1967 & 1968 seasons.  The
    photos are from 2 newspaper articles (newspaper unknown).

Photos collected and page created by Paul Doucette.

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The building in the background of this postcard housed the Pleasure Island Carousel on the     
Midway at Lake Nipmuc Park in Mendon, Massachusetts prior to its move to Wakefield in 1960.    
From Tom Irons, Mendon, via George Appleton.
                                SECTION OF MIDWAY, NIPMUC PARK, MENDON, MASS