Rowayton filmmaker David Hogoboom released his film on Roton Point a little over a year ago. But if you missed the screening, you can view a clip of the fascinating look at the history of Roton Point at this website cinestories.net
Roton Point Amusement Park opened in the late 1800's and operated until late 1942, catering to local families who could come by trolley from South Norwalk and Darien. As the word spread, long before facebook, visitors would arrive by boat from all over as well. Local historian Frank E. Raymond noted that up to 12,000 visitors a day could arrive by boat.
The Roton Point Amsuement Park had a little bit of everything for visitors to partake. A row of concession stands lined the border of Bayley Beach. A shooting gallery, penny arcade, palm reader and even a glass blower entertained the crowds. A roller coaster extended along Bayley Beach in addition to the traditional carousel and a miniature steam train circled the park.
The film follows the history of the Roton Point and captures the memories of area residents, who lived through the fun times. A DVD is available of the film for $25 from Hogoboom’s web site.