Delaware January 17, 2018
Most People Don’t Know There’s A Fountain Of Youth Hiding Deep In Delaware’s Woods
Brandywine Springs Park is a quiet, unassuming New Castle County Park that has a truly unbelievable history. You would never know that for decades, thousands of people flocked to this spot from all over the country for one reason: to drink from a magic spring that was rumored to be a fountain of youth. The site was so popular, an enormous amusement park was built to accommodate the travelers! Read more about the allure of Chalybeate Spring below.
Brandywine Spring Park is located at 3300 Faulkland Road, Wilmington, DE 19808
You might be aware that for years, the enormous Brandywine Springs Amusement Park sat on this very site.
But what drew visitors to this area to begin with?
Well, a magic spring that was said to have medicinal powers.
In fact, the spring was the reason that a large hotel was built here in 1826. People were traveling from the Midwest to sip the legendary, foul-tasting water.
The hike through the woods to get to Chalybeate Spring was vigorous and refreshing. In retrospect, that probably made visitors feel better than the iron-filled spring water.
A visit to Chalybeate Spring was said to cure illness, improve health and happiness, and increase a drinker's overall quality of life.
The legend of Delaware's very own "fountain of youth" drew so many visitors that an enormous resort and amusement park were built.
Though the amusement park has long been demolished, you can still hike to Chalybeate Spring today.
For decades, it remained hidden in the ground at Brandywine Springs Park.
Now, the Friends of Brandywine Springs are working on digging up the site to preserve it.
Chalybeate Spring is far from the spring it was in its glory days, but it's the perfect destination for a historic hike.
You can find out more about the Friends of Brandywine Springs efforts to preserve the history of the park
If you’d like to learn more about the amusement park that once stood here, check out
21 Then And Now Photos That Show Just How Much Delaware’s Most Iconic Amusement Park Has Changed. It’s incredible to see what stood on this site!