The Palace of Depression is a historic property located in Vineland NJ at 265 S Mill Rd. The Palace was a home built by George Daynor in 1929 during the Great Depression. Daynor claimed to be a Goldminer from the Alaskan Gold Rush who had later lost all his money in the stock market crash. Daynor came to Vineland with his last $4 to his name and bought 4 acres of land sight unseen for $1 an acre. When he arrived at his land he found it to be a swamp laden automobile junkyard. Daynor crawled into an abandoned truck body and fell asleep weary and discouraged and had a dream in which he claimed an Angel appeared to him. In this dream the Angel told him everything he needed to build his home was there and to build it with 18 spires for the Angels to land upon and perch. Daynor, his spirit fully recharged, began to drag car bodies and various pieces of junk together. Using mud and clay and various automotive parts strewn across the junkyard he built his home, a fantastic 18 spired castle. He drained the swamp and landscaped the grounds and his castle became known as "The Palace of Depression". Daynor opened his home to the public for tours on Christmas Day 1932 and it shortly there after became a nationally known tourist attraction. The Palace and Daynor thrived until the mid 1960's when Daynor's age caught up with him and his behavior became exceedingly eccentric. He died in 1964 and the Palace fell out of the limelight and in disrepair to looters and vandals. It was torn down in the late 1960's after the City of Vineland acquired the property leaving behind only the original Ticket Booth. In 1998 Kevin Kirchner formed The Palace of Depression Restoration Association and led a drive to rebuild the Palace. Over the past 19 years the Palace has been rebuilt and an adjacent Museum/ Historical Center was erected on the property. All of this was done by Volunteers and funding provided by private donations. Construction is scheduled to take approximately another 2 years to complete the project. The Palace is currently open for tours in limited capacity until then. Contacts or official inquiries can be made by emailing: ThePalaceofDepression@Comcast.net
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