Bensons Animal Farm
Benson’s Animal Farm
    23 Kimball Hill Rd, Hudson, New Hampshire Sunday, April 20, 2014   
Bensons Animal Park


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Jay Knox December 19, 2013 21:43:02 (EDT)

"Sad day. Arthur Provencher has passed away. Last owner of Bensons Animal Park. At the time, the oldest and largest animal park in the U.S. known worldwide. It was a great privilege to work there. Met many great friends and animals from there. Many MANY awesome memories. RIP - AJP. Deepest condolences to Provencher family, especially Cindy Provencher. Arthur's primary care giver, confidant and best friend."

Dana Sion November 25, 2013 14:56:11 (EDT)

Great find/post about the signs from the park on CL.
Well look like someone was able to purchase some of the parks former items from the old Grand View Flea Market as those signs had been there since 1987. Someone did talk to the former owner of the Flea Market and he wanted top dollar at the time for any of the old park items so it was hard for the park or the FOBP to get them back. Thankfully the park has a huge collection from the last owner the FOBP purchased .
The FOBP purchased the rights to the Bensons side of things however the other side still belongs to it's license holder Viacom Inc. Several vintage shirts from the old parks gift shop can be found for sale at the FOBP gift shop in the former Elephant Barn during the warm months.

Steve Klein November 25, 2013 14:32:34 (EDT)

See some Bensons Animal Farm items for sale on Craigslist, including three big New England Playworld signs.

Dana Sion November 25, 2013 14:24:35 (EDT)

It's that time of the year....
Come find some great gifts at The Friends of Benson Park store online.

You will find.... scarfs, tie clips, golf balls, Snow Flake hanging ornaments, Iphone cases, playing cards, glass ware/mugs, clocks, puzzles, pillows and so much more.

You will not find these great items any place else and all profits go to the FoBP a 501(C)(3) non-profit raising funds to support Benson Park and open the BWAF museum in the former Elephant Barn.
The Gift Shop in the park will re-open in the Spring.

Paul November 18, 2013 16:57:00 (EDT)

The FoBPI has purchased the wagon from Arthur and is included in our memorabilia collection that will be displayed in the museum once we have it completed. Visit us on

william taylor November 7, 2013 18:17:11 (EDT)

I was at the auction but at the time I did not have the money to buy the circus master's wagon. Now in my old age I want it! Does anyone happen to know where it went. Any advice or even hints as to where it is would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Yvon Boudreau November 3, 2013 16:00:32 (EDT)

Just a passing thought (perhaps it has been thought of, already. But, just in case...), but the pink Bensons elephant is still at the location of the former Grand View Flee Market in Derry, still standing proud to the traffic on 28. Grand View has no purpose for the elephant any longer, nor has it for a long time. It should b returned to the park... where it belongs.

joan magri October 31, 2013 00:50:20 (EDT)

I worked there the year they changed the name I was the first one hired for the landscaping crew I racked that entire park and there was still ice on the ground I went every morning to say hi to the gorilla I loved him the most there was all guys hired after me except a month before I left a girl from rhode island worked with me none of the guys were happy when they told them I was incharge called me the foreman I got my sister a job (her very first job) at the hotdog stand but she wanted to work at the ice cream stand I wish I would have paid attention more I remeber going there as a kid with my family my mom still has the picture with the water foutain in the back round

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b October 26, 2013 18:31:51 (EDT)

The saddest thing I had ever seen as a child was that 500 pound gorilla. Sitting alone behind a small glass enclosure. How lonely he appeared. No family no grass or trees to touch or feel or even walk on. It was horrible to see this amazing creature put on display. People would bang on the glass. He would just look forward with his sad eyes. That poor gorilla was tortured there. Wake up people.

Bret October 9, 2013 07:01:17 (EDT)

Bittersweet to see. Hard to believe it has been so long. Thanks Steve!

Steve (webmaster) October 7, 2013 15:09:04 (EDT)

Enjoy this slideshow of the 1987 Bensons auction.

Paul September 12, 2013 15:24:43 (EDT)

Stop by the elephant barn for last minute Golf or meal Tickets

Paul September 12, 2013 15:23:28 (EDT)

Stop by the elephant barn for last minute Golf or meal Tickets

Tanya August 31, 2013 11:39:44 (EDT)

Is it open???

Ellyn August 29, 2013 08:44:13 (EDT)

Hi, was wondering who I could contact about possibly doing an event for Animal Rescue Network of New England ( Thanks..

carolyn August 27, 2013 18:48:19 (EDT)

my husband has a rocking chair from when he was a boy we could donate let us know

Hunter Attenborough August 22, 2013 14:54:19 (EDT)

Hi,I'm wondering if you guys have any extra dirt, we need some for trails...thanks

Tina August 16, 2013 19:49:17 (EDT)

Hopefully Benson`s will not host the Kelly Miller Circuse ever again :

A citizen who was near the Kelly Miller Circus elephant rides in Point Place, Ohio, on August 8 attests to witnessing a handler attack an elephant with a "stick" that appeared to have a "sharp hook on the end"—a weapon commonly known as a bullhook, which is used to hurt and intimidate elephants. According to the citizen's sworn affidavit, she and her 13-year-old son witnessed the handler attack the elephant, who had four young children on her back, with such force that she could hear a "whack" sound with each strike. Reportedly, after the handler inflicted the final blow, the elephant screamed.

The violent beating that the citizen reports to have witnessed would clearly violate Ohio law, which prohibits the use of "electric or other prods, or similar devices" on animals who are "performing, or being used in any exhibition, show, [or] circus." Ohio law also prohibits cruelly and unnecessarily beating animals. After being informed that the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS) is the only agency with the authority to pursue this case, PETA contacted the TAHS and provided it with the citizen's sworn affidavit, her police report, her authenticated photographs of the alleged perpetrator, and even the likely name of the alleged perpetrator.

Gail M. DeMarco July 29, 2013 19:49:14 (EDT)

What a great job the volunteers did on this pak. There are so many memories of my childhood from here. Love walking around and going down memory lane.

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