Sometime after 8 a.m. this morning (Thursday, June 24), a parked white ranger pickup truck rolled into the gazebo at Lake Spring Park, dismantling the supports and resting the roof just down the hill at the gazebo’s floor level. We will have more information when the police and the city finish their report.
The structure is a staple photo facet for area weddings, homecomings, and proms. In fact, according to Salem Parks and Recreation, six weddings are booked at the gazebo this summer, including two upcoming in the month of June.
Here’s something we found on the Salem Museum’s website about the gazebo:
This gazebo, or bandstand, stood in the front yard of the original Roanoke County Courthouse that was built in 1841. When the old courthouse was razed to make way for a new one in 1909, the gazebo, at the request of the Salem Silver Cornet Band, was moved to Spring Lake. The Confederate monument replaced it in 1910. The oldest photos of the old courthouse, with horses and buggies and crowds around it on “court day,” show the old bandstand apparently in the 1870s period. After its move to Spring Lake, the gazebo was repaired and painted and has sheltered bands for innumerable summertime concerts over the years. At one point the gazebo was in the middle of a pond and people paddled to it in boats. The gazebo was made a Salem landmark in 1979.
What are your memories from the gazebo at the Duck Pond? Share them below or if you have photos, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out the scene on the duck pond webcam.