Bensons Animal Farm
Benson’s Animal Farm
    23 Kimball Hill Rd, Hudson, New Hampshire Wednesday, February 10, 2016   
Bensons Animal Park


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Kathleen Quinn-Brauer June 5, 2015 13:16:04 (EDT) for Benson's signs

Kathleen Quinn-Brauer June 5, 2015 12:42:00 (EDT)

I have about 12 wooden signs from the Animal park that i would like to sell. Mr. Elegant Giraffe...the Welcome sign with Arthurs likeness on it...Gorilla House...ect. I have already put it on Craigslist under collectibles. But if anyone here would interested please email me.


russ May 23, 2015 04:26:11 (EDT)

i wrote to you a while ago in 2007 re a bronze or brass plaque with inscription j t benson and his pal david creator of strangest farm on earth . i was wondering if you or anyone could tell me more about it

cheers russ

Anonymous May 5, 2015 15:51:25 (EDT)

You need to contact the Town of Hudson Recreation Dept. at 880-1600 as well as fill out a usage form to have any gathering with 15 people or more.

Ellen Valade May 4, 2015 17:52:36 (EDT)

I was looking at the map and was wondering a few things. 1, which pond would be good to have a fishing party for kids and 2, who do I contact about hosting a birthday party there?

Mr. Dana M. Sion April 23, 2015 22:26:15 (EDT)

Hello all,
On Saturday May 30th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm The Friends of Benson Park, Inc. will be hosting the 5th anniversary of the new Benson Park.

We are looking to see if we have any balloon artist out there who would be interested in donating sometime for part of the event or the entire time to roam around festivities and make balloon animals and such for the kids in attendance.

Please E-mail me at if you are interested or know of someone.
Thank you,

steve spaloss April 12, 2015 10:22:19 (EDT)

Best boss to this day I have ever had was Jay Knox. Miss this place. So glad it's open again.

Joyce R. March 9, 2015 18:03:36 (EDT)

Hi, did I scare everyone off? Very sorry. My post was really just a personal message, not intended to intrude on good memories.

Jeffrey Goines January 10, 2015 12:52:37 (EDT)

Is Benson's still using the Kelly Miller Circus as a fund-raising agent?

Jay December 28, 2014 13:54:00 (EDT)

Happy New Year to All, Let's make it a good one !!!

Joyce R. December 24, 2014 21:00:03 (EDT)

Just reading the board re: Benson's elephants. Bret was ahead of his time, letting Liz & Queenie in the pond and getting them exercise.

That said, Ruth (Benson's 1963-1978) is still alive at Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA, by some estimates the 4th oldest Asian elephant in a US zoo. Last winter, the zoo neglected to lock the barn door, and she got out in a blizzard overnight. She was found the next morning, covered in ice. It took five hours to revive her, according to the zoo's records. She got frostbite on her ears, tail, and tush. Somehow she survived. She just had another 10" of her tail amputated from the frostbite and secondary infections, and she lost parts of both ears.

For years she's been attacked by her exhbit mate, Emily, and the zoo knew. 29x in the zoo's records. In 2006, Emily bit 6 1/2" off Ruth's tail. She's rammed her, bitten her, left her tusks. But the zoo kept her for a "companion" for Emily.

The point is, we're trying to get her to The Elephant Sanctuary, to the Asian herd. She can't join Liz, because Liz is still being treated for human TB caught at Hawthorn's. But there's another five elephants and 2,000 acres waiting for Ruth. The zoo refused because it will lose its AZA certification, then claimed she wouldn't get along with others, and then tried to say she's too old. They've called me "misinformed" and an AR and a bunch of other things. I've spent hundreds of dollars on getting their records, because they said my facts aren't facts. But their 12,000 s.f. exhibit is not enough for her. So, for those who say zoos are so much better, not really.

Whatever happened at Benson's, right or wrong, doesn't mean we have to keep doing it. We know better now, and we should do better.

Please call or write the city's Mayor Mitchell and City Council and ask them to let Ruth go. will get you to their email addresses, or you can go to our FB SendRuth&EmilytoTES and scroll down a couple posts. At this point, we're just trying to get Ruth out of there for health and safety reasons, with Emily to follow ASAP.

Thank you.

Cheryl Norton December 23, 2014 17:05:30 (EDT)

Hi I am looking to get in touch with the Benson Family who lived in North Quincy mass. My grandparents bought their house.

Cheryl Norton December 23, 2014 17:04:46 (EDT)

Hi I am looking to get in touch with the Benson Family who lived in North Quincy mass. My grandparents bought their house.

Carrie November 7, 2014 19:00:43 (EDT)

I grew up with those elephants. Jackie, Queenie and Liz mostly. Tanya came later, correct? I used to stand in the elephant barn the whole visit and solicit information about the girls from Larry Records, their trainer. He would let me in and hold me up to touch the faces of the gentle giants. Best times of my life. I found Liz in Tennessee...Queenie passed away years ago but saw freedom in her last days. I get really emotional going back because it feels so haunted. Beautiful but haunted. I know it's been a long time since those days but I still love those elephants like I saw them yesterday. Wish I could see Liz in person. Or Larry he still around? I have a picture of him holding me next to one of the girls courtesy of my grandfather's photography skills. I'd like to share it with him. I was a routine visitor from early 1980's to closing. Used to cry at the end of every visit when closing time came and my grandfather would get suckered into bringing me back the next day! I also used to get to walk next to Larry and the girls as they went down to the pond! Gosh, I miss my extended family!

susan October 25, 2014 18:00:43 (EDT)

I remember more. The elephant "stampeded" frightened by some other animal. Handler yelled, don't"bring out ?? when I am giving rides!" What crossed our paths? That I can't recall.

susan October 24, 2014 16:04:43 (EDT)

I remember riding on the back of an elephant in the late 40's or early 50's. Was it at Bensons?

Yvon Hawke September 17, 2014 11:36:32 (EDT)

In response to Thomas... This is a delay in responding, so I offer my apologies. However, the elephant statue is currently the property of Grand View Flea Market, business that drew all the drama about fake high-end merchandise being sold resulting in their closing down from flea market business. A post of mine some time back mentioned that the elephant, being from Benson's, should be returned to the park property. I still believe it should be returned. In fact, the owner's of Grand View should openly donate it to the town. It would be exceptionally kind of Grand View was to pay for the transportation of the statue back.

I live near the Grand View property and see the elephant often. What I saw was deplorable. Driving by, one day, the statue had been knocked over and damaged as a result. Then, it disappeared. Some time later, it was returned to where it stood, albeit repaired, and with a fresh new paint job and with the addition of an advertisement for trailers.

I toss a casual salute to the elephant when I drive by because of where it came from. Although, I am disheartened by its current purpose and use.

I occasionally visit the park with my wife and kids. I'm the author of the 2007 visit essay on this site (although the e-mail connected to that name is no longer in use) and photographer of the slide show. After the passing of both of my parent's two years ago, I converted the entire family media into an electronic archive and put together a Benson's collection from my visits in the early 80's. The difference between my 2007 visit and now is absolutely astounding. Hat's off to everyone that have worked so hard.

I find myself trying to locate the spot where we sat at our picnic tale, walk to the Firefly Coaster location. I've even looked at the little fountain/brook the runs underneath the shoe and down along the side to the catch-pool and think, 'that could be brought back to life.' Update the hardware and restore pump power, do a little cleanup of the water track, repair the water drainage and feedback channels... That would be wonderful to see happen. Perhaps it's on a project list for future consideration. I believe it would be a great thing to do in Arthur's honor. I never met him, but he is an individual I would have appreciated an opportunity to shake hands with him, just because.

Phil Frezzette August 25, 2014 14:15:42 (EDT)

Being from Pelham, NH I went to Bensons on occasion. My family and I are having our reunion there Sept 6th. It will be great to be back.

harry davies August 24, 2014 21:19:39 (EDT)

I worked at bensons in the late 50s early 60s as assistant trainer for joe acaro. later I went to california and did movie animals. best time of my life!!! were at bensons!Reading the post from (paul frazer) brought tears to my eyes.does any body know anything about john dufresne who worked with pinkey in those days?

Marc boisvert August 19, 2014 15:53:26 (EDT)

I have recived two items from bebsons animal park one is a mold to make a cloun head,the other is a life size mold to make a life size cow. You can call me at 603 296 7207 please cAll people are asking for these items.

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