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Tony

Chesapeake Beach, MD

#1 Nov 21, 2008
On a trip to Sayre/Waverly with my mom in the early 60's I was treated to a nice evening at an amusement park. It was Fraley Park. When did it close and where was it? Is there anything left of the place?
Tony M
Dave Cipperley

San Jose, CA

#2 Dec 12, 2008
I believe Fraley Park was the last business reincarnation effort of Sumner Fraley and his sons Gene and Bus. Originally, Sumner Fraley built and ran a very successful roller skating rink in the early fifties at that location (the big building at the side of the park).My father used to play the organ at the rink. He and his sons also had a travelling roller skating business around the upstate area, and the sons had a country and western band and would hold square dances on a regular basis at the rink. I imagine Sumner and his sons are all deceased by now. Certainly, the sons are retired.
Jan Beck

Belleville, IL

#3 Apr 26, 2009
It was destroyed by the 1972 flood (Agnes). Nothing there now that I know of.
dallkeeb

Binghamton, NY

#4 Apr 29, 2009
Was purchased by Bob hammond . He had a roller skating rink there and square dances for a few years. Then he held auctions .Is nothing there now except leftovers from his moving business. It is located approx. 1 mile up RT 34 North.

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#5 Jun 2, 2009
I remember going to the auctions there after the park closed. Too bad, I know I met some fine people there.
j everson

Asheville, NC

#6 Jul 20, 2009
I remember going there as a young girl. We would come from North Carolina to vist our Grandma then to Uncle Oliver's and Fraley Park. we all had so much fun there!!!
jrink

Willow Grove, PA

#7 Nov 3, 2009
I remember that park well. My sixth grade class would go there at the end of school. you could get a ten pack of ride tickets for one dollar. they had tilt a whirl, bumper cars, tubs of fun, cars, helicopters, carousel,mini-golf, a fire engine ride, arcade and a small roller coaster which seemed much bigger then. I went back about a year ago to look for memoirs and met the former owner and did a bit of reminiscing. such a better time!
Connie W

Stockton, CA

#8 Dec 1, 2009
I remember my Mom taking my younger brother & I to Fraley's Park when we were kids in the '60's. We loved it, as we always had a ball there. In fact, when my Mom was a teenager, she used to go roller skating there, & one night managed to whack her elbow on the rink floor, breaking her elbow. The last time I was down there, it was to a flea market in the rink. It was so sad to see all the rides gone. I would've loved to be able to take my grandkids there.
mryb

Carlisle, PA

#9 Apr 25, 2010
I used to go there when I was a kid in the late 60's. Lived in Ithaca at the time. Loved the peddle train the best.

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#10 Apr 27, 2010
j everson wrote:
I remember going there as a young girl. We would come from North Carolina to vist our Grandma then to Uncle Oliver's and Fraley Park. we all had so much fun there!!!
Your Uncle Oliver wasn't also known as Uncle Dutch, was he?

If so, we are cousins...
Rick Fraley

Collbran, CO

#11 Aug 4, 2010
Dave Cipperley wrote:
I believe Fraley Park was the last business reincarnation effort of Sumner Fraley and his sons Gene and Bus. Originally, Sumner Fraley built and ran a very successful roller skating rink in the early fifties at that location (the big building at the side of the park).My father used to play the organ at the rink. He and his sons also had a travelling roller skating business around the upstate area, and the sons had a country and western band and would hold square dances on a regular basis at the rink. I imagine Sumner and his sons are all deceased by now. Certainly, the sons are retired.
Hi, My Paternal grandfather whom I lived with in Pa, was Sumner's second son, Richard. Sumner, Gene and dad have passed away now, however Bus(90's) is still living. When I was a small boy in the early 70's I rode the bumper cars for free because I was Fraley. I have some of the early recordings of the Susquehana Serenaders, the Fraley family band's name.
Eva

Binghamton, NY

#12 Aug 7, 2010
Bob Hammond who now owns the land where Fraley Park was, still holds auctions weekly in one of the old buildings
mee

Johnson City, NY

#13 Aug 26, 2010
NO every friday night bob still has auctions in a NEW building!!
mary ann pipher

Corning, NY

#14 Sep 9, 2010
mryb wrote:
I used to go there when I was a kid in the late 60's. Lived in Ithaca at the time. Loved the peddle train the best.
the peddle train is still in use. it is used at kirby park on labor day. i just say it there on monday. you sit on it and use your arms to push your way around the track. it is very old. they look just the same. it is always a crowd pleaser.
mary ann pipher

Corning, NY

#15 Sep 9, 2010
the train is at the kirby park in nichols , ny.
jrink willow grove pa

Willow Grove, PA

#16 Oct 14, 2010
I stopped back at the property about a year ago to find a gentleman living in a modular home on the property edge..he indentified himself as the owner of the property. he allowed me to look around the property..sad and exciting at the same time..I peered into the roller rink to see the floor cut away and junk all over.. the shell for the organ was still there..the fire engine was still there..no evidence of any rides..would love to find whereabouts of that rollercoaster and the flying coaster.
Marty

Guntersville, AL

#17 Dec 9, 2010
mryb wrote:
I used to go there when I was a kid in the late 60's. Lived in Ithaca at the time. Loved the peddle train the best.
The peddle train is definitely what I remember the most. Good times.
Mark

New York, NY

#18 Dec 18, 2010
I remember every ride at Fraley's and I even remember the Theme song from the tv and radio commercials. My two favorite rides were the "Flying Coaster" and also the hand crank propelled "train" cars that you drove yourself around a long track on. I can even remember the smell of the pine needles from the scenery with that train ride.

Wow.
Mark

New York, NY

#19 Dec 18, 2010
"Just for fun, come to Fraley's Amusement Park, in Waverly New York, it's Fraley's...just for fun!!"
B Kelly

Horseheads, NY

#20 Dec 24, 2010
"....in Waverly NY it's Frayley's, just for fun!" I begged and begged my parents to take me and my sisters there and they never did.
I also remember the tv commercials for Palisades Park. Anyone else? Two whole amusement parks just a car ride away! Again, begging and begging did no good.
Ah, what a wasted childhood.

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