The abandoned Gingerbread Castle is on 43 Gingerbread Castle Road in Hamburg, New Jersey.
The Gingerbread Castle began on the grounds of the Wheatsworth Mill by the owner of the mill, F. H. Bennett. He loved fairy tales and approached the renowned set designer Joseph Urban to create a magical Hansel and Gretel style theme park. In 1928 construction began and the castle was finished in 1930 at a cost of $50,000. The Gingerbread Castle was inspired by the Brothers Grimm and their stories, once inside the castle Hansel and Gretel would lead visitors on a tour through the castle. The interior was decorated with no expense spared and had bright colors, dwarves, gnomes, trolls, witches and cauldrons. The exterior was made to look as though to be out of gingerbread, with icing and candy toppings. The grounds had a large story book, sculptures of Humpty-Dumpty, Alice in wonderland, Cinderella and whimsical winding paths.
The Gingerbread Castle closed due to foreclosure in 2007. It was bought by a developer shortly afterwards and there seems to be no intentions of restoring the former amusement park. The future remains uncertain for this fairy tale themed spot in New Jersey.
All images are © Amanda Petrozzini and were used with permission.
Where is the abandoned Gingerbread Castle located? You can find it with these coordinates. 41.146223,-74.576067.