Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton

It is not Hersey Lake Compounce or The Lake. There are no concerts with residents holding decibel meters ready to complain about the loud music to officials. It is Lake Compounce.

Opened in 1846, it is the oldest, continuously operating amusement park in the United States.

The park’s history goes back to 1846 when Gad Norton hired a scientist to perform an experiment using explosives, which failed.

The experiment brought large crowds, which inspired Norton to open an amusement park.

His park had public swimming and rowing on the lake, a gazebo for lakeside band concerts and several rides.

The park saw success as a picnic park through the post-Civil War era.

Juliet Louise Norton the youngest of the last Nortons — Stretch — to own and operate the park recently unleashed a treasure trove of images that will take you back in time.

Norton said she is now sharing never before seen images with the Bristol History Room at the Library.

‘I’m attempting to organize everything categorically,” said Norton.

At the most recent Crocodile Club Norton met with Lorna Cyr who worked promotions for NBC 30 decades ago.

Cyr said, “I have so many great memories when we did the “Channel 30 Fiesta” every year. I worked in the Promotion Department. My job was “Little Miss Channel 30” and “Channel 30 Children’s Spelling Bee.” Plus, making sure people were on that little stage to perform.”

Ironically, Cyr said “I wish we could have had cell phone cameras back in those days. I never even carried a camera.”  

While Cyr did not have a camera, Juliet Louise Norton and her family did.

You can easily photo gaze the images Norton released.

Who were they? Look at what they’re wearing! For the ladies: That was a swinging suit? Victoriana Magazine offers a great timeline of women’s recreation attire throughout the latest centuries.

People are taking more pictures than ever before. It’s been estimated that in the past 10 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined.

The sad part is that few of these photographs will survive beyond a year based on cellular storage space.

Take a moment and photo gaze these old photos and look back at an easier time.

Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton
Lake Compounce | Photo courtesy Juliet Louise Norton

 

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