The Palace of Depression in Vineland, NJ
If you’re the type who loves oddball attractions and “Roadside America” types of Americana, the Palace of Depression in Vineland, NJ is for you.
The Palace of Depression was originally built by George Daynor, an Alaskan gold miner who lost his fortune in the stock market crash of 1929. He claimed that an angel had guided him to New Jersey, and provided him with plans for the castle, which was made entirely from junk. Daynor created his castle as a response to the misery and poverty during the Great Depression, saying that “the only real depression is a depression of individual ingenuity.”
According to the Roadside America website entry, Daynor ate frogs, fish, rabbits and squirrels as he was building the Palace while penniless. He later charged 25 cents an hour to tour the Palace, which featured strange corners like the Knockout Room, where Daynor would offer to erase bad memories by dropping a lead bowling ball on people’s heads. He sought publicity constantly, which ultimately led to his imprisonment for falsely claiming that suspects in a kidnapping had visited his Palace the day before.
The Palace burned away in a fire after Daynor’s death, and the city of Vineland bulldozed it shortly afterward. But in the late 1990s, a movement began to restore the Palace entirely from junk as originally intended. Kevin Kirchner and a group of volunteers have nearly rebuilt the castle, and progress continues as of 2018. You can view the Palace Facebook page here.
The Palace of Depression in Vineland, NJ is well worth a visit for anyone who appreciates strange attractions or loves American history. And it’s located just steps away from the Ramada Vineland, around the corner on South Mill Road. Don’t miss this one of a kind attraction…make some time to visit the an unusual monument to human ingenuity during your stay.
The Ramada Vineland Has Three Great Restaurants Right Here On Site!
There’s one thing you should know about the Ramada Vineland…great eats are right here! From one of the best steak houses in the area to a classic American pancake house, you won’t even have to get into your car to enjoy a fabulous meal, any time of the day.
Have a bite at any of our attached eateries:
The Dakota Prime Steakhouse – The Dakota Prime is a fine high end steakhouse with a relaxing atmosphere, and is ideal for a business dinner or a romantic dinner for two. Great steaks, savory appetizers, a great wine list and much more…it’s all here!
Harry’s Pub – Want to enjoy a great night out with family and friends? Harry’s Pub offers great food and great times…an informal atmosphere with plenty of beer choices on tap. It’s a great place to let loose, and with our hotel right here, you won’t have to drive anywhere!
IHOP – It’s everyone’s American favorite pancake house, with all sorts of variations on the classic breakfast. But they’re not just pancakes…they’re great at amazing omelettes too. Enjoy a great morning meal without the hassle of searching…it’s right here on the hotel site!
No need to waste time searching for food when staying at the Ramada Vineland…it’s all right here. Contact us today to book your room and enjoy one or more fantastic meals with your stay.