Title: The Heritage
Description: Sad News
Coasterkev - January 25, 2006 12:03 AM (GMT)
I just found out today that the Heritage located at Story Land will close its doors at the end of the 2006 season.
The Heritage opened for the United Stats bicentennial in 1976 and has operated ever since this year will be its 30th Anniversary
If you have never been to the heritage I suggest that you go before closing day it is a walk threw attraction on the history of New Hampshire. It uses Primitive motion simulators and animatronics as well as some old Mirror effects to tell the story.
Columbus Day will be a sad day as it is the Last operating day for the Heritage.
rcnk - January 25, 2006 03:33 AM (GMT)
wow i just went there with my family in july and i thought it was excellent.....i really liked the creaking boat,the animatronic washington figure, and that train simulator but the whole experience was,overall,great. oh well, its really sad to see it go so if you never experienced this, you really should go sometime.....on or before colombus day 2006
James - January 25, 2006 05:43 AM (GMT)
I have been to Heritage 3 or 4 times. It use to be really good but the last time I went it seemed to be falling apart. I hope to get one last run up to it this year.. Get some last chance photos and such.
mrceagle - January 25, 2006 06:07 AM (GMT)
I've always liked this atraction. I was suprised when I heard the news when I got home. Its a uniquie attraction which makes in fun to learn Histery. Similare to the goals of EPCOT at Disney World. NH and the GP will loos allot when this atraction is removed.
I can't see what the park will do with it. they don't need the parking and the maybe they will take the more emportant and interesting section and turn them into a dork ride for the park. I wodul hope a few of the atractions liek teh Boat similater and the Washingtone speah don;t get scraped.
i'm goign to send an E-mail and see what they plan on doing with the sets.
Sky Rider - January 26, 2006 01:31 PM (GMT)
I have never been but I have been to Storyland next door. Is it worth stop?
Guest - January 26, 2006 06:30 PM (GMT)
Yes it is. It you have yet to go it is worth the trip out.
mrceagle - January 27, 2006 03:29 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Sky Rider @ Jan 26 2006, 08:31 AM)|
| I have never been but I have been to Storyland next door. Is it worth stop? |
Think of a Hstory Musium witha Disney liek flair. It shows you the history of NH. you story your jurney ona ship simulater and exit into the wilderness water falls Indins, fish ponds, you learn though interactive exibits, live performers, and animatronics. There is an aminatronic George Washinton which gives a speach with a firworks finaly. mind blowing ingulfign sets that acuratly depict that the atraction in History. they also have a barn with NH maid things froma Concord coach to a Segway. The segway you can ride it's included in teh admition price. you exit by hoping on a train Simulater and ride back to Glen modern day.
It's one of the most uniquie atraction you will ever find and worth experianceing. Don't miss out on a memerable attraction.
mrceagle - July 7, 2006 08:55 PM (GMT)
Here is an artical I found on teh Haritage and its history.Haritage artical.
It's a good artical and tey talk a little bit abotu why it's closing.
gardener14 - July 7, 2006 11:30 PM (GMT)
That article is interesting for the way in which it's written. The facts are correct, but I don't much care for the tone it takes. Rather than celebrate Heritage NH, a New Hampshire business that is closing after 30 years of entertaining tourists who also bring money with them to other businesses, the article almost pokes fun at the attraction. If I had never been there, this article might not convince me to give it a try before it's too late. The reality though is that I have been there several times over the course of my life which is coincidentally about the same age as Heritage NH, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest.
It's an attraction that is difficult to keep up to date in a world of quickly advancing technology, and it's true that the real places represented at Heritage NH are just as easy to visit, but Heritage still holds an important place in my mind and will pleasantly stay with me in memory for the rest of my life. After not visiting for several years, I recently had a fun time there revisiting familiar scenes and appreciating new and updated ones. I especially appreciated the opportunity to ride a Segway.
Anyone who has an interest in Disney-type dark rides that take you on a journey like Spaceship Earth and the old World of Motion or Horizons at Epcot, will love Heritage NH because that's exactly what it is but on a walk through scale. More live interpretors and interactive aspects have been added through the years, but it's essentially a walk through dark ride in the style of the original Epcot.
Agentss - July 8, 2006 02:40 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (mrceagle @ Jul 7 2006, 03:55 PM)|
| Here is an artical I found on teh Haritage and its history.|
It's a good artical and tey talk a little bit abotu why it's closing.
Hmmm....heres an idea, why does the states parks department run it or better yet the national park service just as they run other history related sites in the US of a similar nature. They already charge good money to take a trip on the tram up a mountain in a tram or to go on a hike to see the flume gorge Etc.
They could make changes to the site but why just let it rott or build condos.
gardener14 - July 8, 2006 02:58 AM (GMT)
I don't believe state or national park services would be interested in operating a completely man-made tourist attraction. They are interested in preserving and promoting natural and historical sites...not artificial copies. Heritage NH is a giant diarama like we used to make in third grade, it's not a site of natural or historical significance.
The Morrell family, owners of Heritage NH and StoryLand have not disclosed what they might do with the Heritage building, but they have said that they are exploring options for its future use. From another article I read, the implication seemed to be that the building will become some new endeavor they have yet to finalize. I highly doubt it will become condos nor left to be an unused decaying structure for many years. If nothing else, I can imagine it becoming good office and workshop space for StoryLand, but I expect it will be some kind of new tourist attraction.
On a related note...several years ago the Morrells purchased the hotel just beyond Heritage and adjacent to the Heritage/StoryLand property. They operated it as a hotel for a couple of years and then closed it. Does anyone know if they still own this property? It looks to be in good condition and even ocupied perhaps, but the sign is gone. My guess is that it is housing for international employees of StoryLand. I wonder if it is surrounded by much land that would be useful to them in the future.
mrceagle - July 8, 2006 06:03 PM (GMT)
Ya I felt the same way. I though he was takeing a negitive look at the attraction. Ya its recreations as if fake but it's still a diseny quality and style attraction. in fact I've conected many small things that are used that are very similare to Disney rides.
James - August 2, 2006 07:42 PM (GMT)
Photos from my last vist -
The first room where it all starts from..
Native American New Hampshire room'
Old Man room (I think its called Echo Lake... But I forget ::X)
And then one last photo of the sign.
mrceagle - August 3, 2006 01:13 PM (GMT)
Thanks for the shots. I am really sad to see it go.
Sky Rider - August 3, 2006 03:30 PM (GMT)
Hmm maybe I should make a trip up and do Storyland as well.
mrceagle - August 4, 2006 01:07 AM (GMT)
You won't be disappointed it's a great park. They do cater to Younger kids but they add such great family rides adults don't feel out of place.
gardener14 - September 8, 2006 04:46 PM (GMT)
An article about the closing of Heritage NH which appeared last week in The MountainEar, a newpaper based out of Conway, NH, makes a passing comment about Stoney Morrell's current battle against cancer. As many of you know, Stoney Morrell is the owner of StoryLand and Heritage NH and the son of founders Bob and Ruth Morrell. I have been unable to find any other information about Stoney Morrell's health and prognosis, but I hope he is doing well and on his way to a healthy recovery. I thought others here might appreciate knowing this information. Perhaps someone here knows more about his condition.
mrceagle - September 8, 2006 08:23 PM (GMT)
i had actually never heard about that. what a shame. I really need to get to heritage before it closes.