Fern Brook had a brief notice that it was opened in late May 1947 for
the Memorial Day holiday - but no further accounts for the year are readily
Other venues, particularly Sans Souci and Rocky
Glen drew enormous crowds. And a local legend, Lee Vincent, was
beginning his career at Sans Souci. He had played with area bands
at Fern Brook earlier but the war disrupted his career, which he resumed
after the war.
He is still playing at this time.
In April 1948 workmen began to cut the trees at the Park and to dismantle
the roller coaster, dance hall, and remaining buildings. The grounds
were to be leveled for building and parking.
The 17 acre property
was sold by the Wilkes-Barre Transit Company (successor to the earlier
trolley line) to a Wilkes-Barre based industrial development authority
which contracted with Bloomsburg Mills, Inc., for an 80,000 square foot
textile manufacturing plant. In 1955 Bloomsburg Mills closed the
plant. It became the Linear Plant in later years. The site is now the
location of Offset Paperback, one of the world’s largest manufacturers
of paperback books.