Once Upon A Time….There Was A Gingerbread Castle


“There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all.”

John Lennon

If you only have a few minutes:

  • Check out the Library Option in the menu to browse  a visual display of Gingerbread Castle Treasures.
  • Listen to the Novelty Record – which can be found in the Gallery to the right.


What is The Gingerbread Castle?

In the small town of Hamburg New Jersey one of America’s earliest theme parks was created in 1930. The Gingerbread Castle is an architectural gem designed by the artist Joseph Urban as a marketing strategy for Frederick H. Bennett. Bennett was a businessman who created famous products, such as the Milk Bone dog biscuit and whole-wheat products at his historic Wheatsworth Mill.

This project has created a digital library focused on the historical significance of the Gingerbread Castle and it’s impact on the community, the children who experienced its special magic, as well as its cultural and commercial significance.

Through the presentation of images, essays, video and interactive commentary, the library will allow people to share their memories of the Castle’s history.  Hopefully, the legacy of the imagery of the castle will continue to power new creative endeavors.   If you have personal stories, souvenirs, photos or movies to share, please contact the project librarian.