Welcome trick-or-treaters to my tribute to Finney's Pumpkinville. Sadly, Finney's has closed and now lives on only in the memories of those of us who had gone there in the past. And so this website is my tribute to a place that brought me and my family much joy over the years and inspired me to plant my own pumpkin patch and decorate my home for the season. On this page, you can find information about Pumpkinville, view pictures from my family's visits, learn about my pumpkin patch grown from a Finney's pumpkin, and I'd also like to set up a page where your memories can be posted for everyone to share. If you would like to share your memories of this special place, please email me at: email@example.com. Together, we can bring those memories alive and Finney's Pumpkinville will continue to live on through us.
Finney's Pumpkinville was founded in October 1959 by Jack and Janet Finney along with their two small daughters Cheryl and Jill. Their first Halloween display consisted of a large corn shock surrounded by huge orange pumpkins. The pumpkins only lasted a couple of days as they were stolen by "hall-o-weener's" one evening. Surprised to think that someone would actually take the jack-o-lanterns brought the thought to the Finneys "If someone would take pumpkins, maybe people would buy them."
Hence, the next year the Finneys raised a few more pumpkins and Mrs. Finney being a little more artistic stuffed some old clothes with straw and placed Halloween masks on pumpkins creating a wolf, Red Ridding Hood and a standing witch with her cauldron.
Year after year, Finney's Halloween display grew along with the acres of pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian corn, and popcorn. In the past, thousands of area schoolchildren could arrive on scheduled bus tours during October to be greeted by the witch, Scarecrow, and cat in Pumpkinville.
--Text loosely taken from a Finney's brochure.
At Finney's Pumpkinville you could find pumpkins for pies and for jack-o-lanterns. You could also purchase squash, gourds, Indian corn, apples, cider, popcorn, and potatoes. Everything was reasonably priced and pumpkins ranged from 25 cents to 20 dollars, which was perfect for young children wanting to get their very first pumpkin. Some of the attractions there were scarecrows, witches, a cornhouse, a spider's den, pumpkinheaded horses, a peddler lady, old wagons, Wizard of Oz characters, Humpty Dumpty, Dracula, and lots of others. Also, there was Grandpa's Gift Barn which housed lots of goodies like Department 56 collectibles, Halloween decorations, candles, and Finney's merchandise (sweatshirts, postcards, etc.). Finney's Pumpkinville was a terrific day trip for anyone in the area and those of us not living in the Drakes Mill area still managed to make a yearly pilgrimidge to the farm. In my mind, there is nothing finer than hot apple cider at Pumpkinville while looking for the perfect pumpkin.