Willow Grove Park illustrates the
fascinating history of one of America’s most famous amusement parks.
Willow Grove Park was built in 1896 as a way of encouraging people
to ride the trolley on weekends. This ingenious concept proved a
remarkable success, and the park set the standard for providing
first-class entertainment and amusement. Here John Philip Sousa,
Victor Herbert, and Arthur Pryor gave daily musical concerts, while
various rides thrilled those seeking more rigorous fun. Through a
wide range of images, Willow Grove Park captures the rich history of
this well-known icon.
About the author
The Old York Road Historical
Society was founded in 1936 to study and perpetuate the history and
folklore of the communities along and adjacent to the Old York Road.
The society’s collections contain the largest group of historical
material related to eastern Montgomery County, including some 70,000
photographic images. A few of these images were selected for this
book and were supplemented by photographs from other public and