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Inspirations

A look at what inspired Storytown USA as well as other fairytale themed parks.

The prominence of the Little Red Schoolhouse is explained in this article featured on the Country School Association of America site.

On your way to the Old Mill you pass “Rabbits House”, home to a Hare resting peacefully against a tree which is enclosed by a white picket fence. I believe these exhibits are taken from The Laughing Prince: A Book of Jugoslav Fairy Tales and Folk Tales whereas a young prince is searching for his brothers and comes upon an Old Mill where a young Hare tries to break his path.

Exhibits based on the Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

  • Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  • Goosey Goosey Gander
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • House That Jack Built
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Jack and Jill
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
  • Rub-A-Dub-Dub
  • There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Little Bo Peep and Mary (Had A Little Lamb) were characters who walked through Storytown but did not have exhibits.

Other exhibits were based on traditional nusery rhymes, poems, fairytales and literature.

  • Gingerbread House (Hansel and Gretel)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Hen
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Moby Dick
  • Noahs Ark
  • Purple Cow (Po-Po)
  • Stinky the Skunk
  • Three Bears (Goldilocks)
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Three Little Kittens

And of course the Alice In Wonderland walk-through was inspired by the Lewis Carroll novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

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