photos by Talia Galvin
Once upon a time—in the early 1960s to be exact—a resident of Silverton, a young father of four, started formulating ideas for a theme park. When he bought 20 acres along I-5 in Turner, just south of Salem, people thought he was crazy. But, like in all fairytales, the white knight, named Roger Tofte, overcame financial obstacles, doubt and intensive physical labor. After seven years, Tofte and his family opened Enchanted Forest in 1971. Throughout the roadside forest are small fairytale worlds Tofte created by hand with care, artistic vision and many bags of cement. The park includes Tofteville Western Town, Storybook Lane, Old Europe Village, a haunted house, a comedy theatre, and whimsical rides for visitors, young and old. It has been said that all who visit the Enchanted Forest live happily ever after.