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The Enchanted Forest, MD - Gallery old ad for the amusement park. open weekends at 10 a.m. a great 1 day vacation for the young and young-at-heart all admissions 2.55 all rides 40c ea. so near...10040 Baltimore National Pike (Route 40 West) Ellicott City 465-0707 Adventure Your Entire Family Will Never Forget (and we didn't)

Hutzler’s. Hecht’s. Hochschild’s. Stewart’s. These were the four grand department stores for loyal Charm City shoppers for over 100 years. Though these giants of the retail scene have been lost, the memories remain. Generations were enchanted by the Toytown Parade and the Christmas displays—and who can forget Hecht’s Festival of Flowers or Hutzler’s delectable Wellesley Fudge Cake? Local author and retail historian Michael J. Lisicky renders a stunning portrait of Baltimore in days gone by.

Enchanted Forest exhibits

The Old Woman in the Shoe, Humpty Dumpty, even the runaway Dish and Spoon inhabited the Enchanted Forest, on Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, for nearly 40 years. A favored destination for young children in these parts, the 52-acre wonderland helped bring Mother Goose and her tales to imaginative life. Shuttered for good in 1995, much of the forest now sits on nearby Clark's Elioak Farm, where the remnants continue to enchant.

Quintessential Old Baltimore

For decades the go-to destination for Baltimore shoppers, the corner of Lexington and Howard streets was home to four department stores: Hecht's, Hochschild's, Hutzler's and Stewart's (pictured). For decades, no Christmas was complete without at least one shopping trip to this commercial nerve center. They're all gone now -- Hutzler's remained the longest, closing in 1989.

Old Baltimore department stores [Pictures]

The May Company purchased the Hecht Company in 1959. The Hecht Company finally dissolved in 2006 when stores like Macy's and Bloomingdale's cornered the market and Federal Department Stores bought the May Company.