Our History

The Park’s Origins

John T. Benson, born in England in 1879, was an animal trainer and dealer who traveled extensively and became United States manager of German’s Hagenbeck Company. Mr. Benson purchased over 200 acres of land in Hudson, New Hampshire in 1922 to house the various animals he obtained. When these animals were brought to the United States, they first needed to be quarantined, then often were trained and shipped to circuses or zoos. Thus, the quiet farming community of Hudson, New Hampshire became the location of “The Strangest Farm on Earth” also known as “Benson’s Wild Animal Farm”.

Elephant Barn Restoration & Museum Construction

Benson’s Wild Animal Farm Museum

Our mission to build and operate the “Benson’s Wild Animal Farm Museum” in the Elephant Barn structure continues to be funded by our members, donations from local families and businesses, and through our fundraising events. 

The museum will showcase over 60 years of memorabilia and provide educational exhibits for the entire family.

The museum will also feature a scaled diorama of the park as the last owner, Arthur Provencher, had imagined it’s future, complete with a roller coaster, ferris wheel and animals.

The museum opening has been delayed due to Covid and construction costs but we hope to open sometime in 2024.

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