Once upon a time, this small amusement park outside Princeton in Mercer County was filled with laughter and smiling children. Until things went terribly wrong.
Built in the 1920’s, Lake Shawnee Amusement Park closed in 1966 after two young guests died. A girl was killed on this swing after a truck supposedly backed into it swing path.
A young boy was drowned in the park’s spring-fed swimming lake.
But the park was probably doomed from the start.
The land the park was built on has an ominous past, as reported by the New York Daily News:
The patriarch of the family was a farmer named Mitchell Clay, according to the Wyoming County Report. While he was out hunting, a band of Native Americans reportedly killed his youngest son, Bartley Clay. A daughter, Tabitha, was knifed to death in the struggle. Eldest son Ezekial was kidnapped and burned at the stake. Mitchell Clay enlisted the help of other white settlers to seek vengeance for his family. After burying his children, he murdered several of the Native Americans.
It’s said ghosts still haunt the park, which is open for tours around Halloween.