50 Years of Memories
It’s hard to believe that Bonnybrook is already marking 50 years!
Through the years we have met and become friends with so many wonderful people… numerous riding students, parents of riding students, horse owners, employees and more.
We hope you’ll all enjoy some photos from the old Bonnybrook in Centerville… student horse shows, overnight camps, trail rides at Caesar Creek State Park, school field trips, Fall Farm Days and the Haunted Hayride.
There are even more photos from the new Bonnybrook in Clarksville as the fun continues with Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides, the Twisted Twig Mountain Bike Race/Ride, field trips, weddings, Fall Farm Days and Lantern Light Wagon Rides. We will continue to add new photos throughout the year, so check back often. We’ve collected some great ones! Click to go back in time
Bonnybrook Farms is celebrating! Are you part of the of Bonnybrook family- former students, parents, horse owners; stable, field trip or Haunted Hayride employees? Please save the date and join us for the 50th Anniversary Open House on Monday, September 4, 2017 ( Labor Day weekend) Noon – 4:00 pm
Join us to reminisce. It’s going to be lots of fun!
Let us know you’re coming! RSVPBonnybrookOpenHouse@gmail.com
As we plan for our 50th Anniversary Open House, we hope you’ll share some of your favorite memories with us. A funny story about a riding lesson, horse show, overnight camp or Haunted Hayride? An Adventure Wagon Ride, Field trip or Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride? Someone on our staff?
Share your story with us! RSVPBonnybrookOpenHouse@gmail.com
Thanks for the memories! Bonnie and Joe Mercuri
Fun on the Farm
It’s all here at Bonnybrook Farms, located just 20 minutes east of Kings Island in southeastern Warren County. Along with Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides, summer also brings our Twisted Twig Mountain Bike Race/Ride in June, Corporate Picnics & Events, Special Events, Motor Coach Tours, Convention Groups and Weddings. Experience great family fun during Fall Farm Days with Adventure Wagon Rides, “Pick Your Own” Pumpkin Patch, Crazed Corn Maze, Giant Slingshots, Clodhopper Golf, Archery, Pony Rides, Petting Animals and Birthday Parties. After dark our Lantern Light Wagon Rides & Corn Maze are an adventure back to a time when only lanterns lit the way! School Field Trips in May and October are teacher favorites.
Ah…the farm life
A beautiful 370 acre working farm with fresh air, room to roam and run, fishing ponds, woodlands, tree farm, hay fields, grain fields, pumpkin fields, Todd Fork (the biggest creek you’ve ever seen), an old stone wagon road, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, foxes, otters, coyotes and other wildlife. You can watch the sun come up every morning, go down at night and see every star in the sky. Oh, and the moon!
A day in the country is worth a month in town.
Our horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep, goats and chickens have always been a big part of Bonnybrook Farms. Elmer, Violet, Stuart Little, Gertrude, Annabelle, Lulu, Tubby, Princess Petunia, Jack in the Box and all the others, aren’t just farm animals…they’re part of the family.
A land rich with history
There is ample proof of those gone before us evidenced in the ruins of a pioneer home, root cellar and corn crib along a deserted stone wagon road; a log cabin site and hand dug well situated deep in the woods; and an abandoned leg of the Cincinnati, Wilmington & Zanesville Railroad (or, as the locals called it, the “Sheepskin Line”) that traverses the farm. The valley of Todd Fork Creek is well known to have been a favorite hunting ground of the Shawnee Indians.
The Todd Fork and Bull Skin Traces were major native American trails used by Tecumseh, Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton and the first white settlers. Todd Fork Trace connected with the Bull Skin Trace at Clarksville which led from the Ohio River to a French Trading Fort in Detroit, Michigan and was used during the war of 1812 to transport supplies and troops from the Ohio River to the Great Lakes area. It was also part of the Underground Railroad System.