People usually ask one question after seeing urbex photos (or deciding they want to take some on their own). “How do you find these places?” Sometimes it’s by surprise.
As L and I were driving to a friend’s lake house for an evening of sailing and dinner on the grill she said hey, there’s this abandoned amusement park right down the road from the cabin. You know, all nonchalant-like. So of course the first thing I wanted to do was take some photos.
The park originally opened in 1920, and went through many changes over time. It’s only been out of use fairly recently and locals can tell you what it was like when operational; set right on the shore, the lights reflected off the lake, and every year there was a Fourth of July fireworks show. The centerpiece is an indoor carousel with amazing stained glass windows, and the ferris wheel still stands, though stripped of its cars. A small roller coaster has been moved to a parking lot across the road, its small train slowly rotting away.
The carousel, snack shop, and main building are locked tight, so after a few minutes of walking the grounds there wasn’t much else to see. Will Sherman’s reopen one day? It could, and I hope so; the feeling of faded glory hangs in the air, and if revitalized it would bring a touch of the unique to this small, unassuming lake in upstate New York.