It was 2 years ago today that most of the rides at Williams Grove was put up for sale. The park owner Morgan Hughes and many of the park maintaines people thought that the rides went a lot cheaper than they had hoped they would. They thought it was because the auction was not advertised enough and the right buyers were not there.
Let The Auction Begin
First up was Paddleboats. There was 10 of them. The same person bought all of the boats for $350 each.
Next we moved over over to the Grand Prix Bumpercars. It included 12 cars plus the building. This sold for $2,000. I thought this was one of the best deals.
Then the auction moved to the back section of the park where Disco Star was sold for $4,500.
The next item for sale was not a ride, but a consession trailor. This sold for $1,900.
The lazer tag sold for $500. Note that the old church building was not included, and is still at the park.
The Tilt a Whirl was next. It sold for only $2,500.
Now we are walking into a kiddie ride area. First was a unique double deck ride that sold for $3,000.
The next ride is a space/helicopter ride that sold for $2,500.
The kiddie whip was sold next. This old ride sold for $2,750.
A Hampton Umbrella ride that involved motorcycles sold for $4,000.
The Kiddie Coaster was next and sold for $3,500.
A kiddie ferrris Wheel frame was sold for $1,700. This has not been a ride since many many years before the park closed.
Another Hampton Umbrella ride was sold. This time it involved old cars. It sold for $8,250.
The last kiddie ride, a 1996 Convoy sold next. It was the highest selling kiddie ride, selling at $13,500.
The Monster sold for $3,500.
Allotria Funhouse sold for $5,500.
The most expensive ride was sold next, the Carousel. It was build in the late 1800's-early 1900's and sold for $50,000.It was a lot, but still a lot less than it was worth.
The cheapest sold flat ride, the gas powered Twister, was up next. It sold for only $1,500.
Morgan Hughes has a reserve of $40,000 on the Music Express. It did not sell for that. Therefor the ride sat in the park for about a year later when someone finally bought it.
The German Chair Swing sold for $10,500.
The Paratroopers was the last flat ride to be sold. I used to love riding this ride, it sold for $5,000.
Now we have come to the end of the auction with one last thing to sell, The Playport. The mataines people decided to buy it back for $1,250. It was planed on reopening during the flea market. It never did. Today it sits there rotting away. It is slowly being taken apart.
It was a very sad day in amusement park history. After over 150 years of being a park, this ment it was finally the end.One day it was a full park of rides and a few weeks later they all disapeared.