Cecil County's Plumpton Park Zoo closes after 24 years

August 04, 2010|By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun

A Cecil County zoo that got its start as a personal hobby for its owner, survived political controversies and delighted children and other visitors for 24 years has closed its doors.

Ed Plumstead, 82, of Rising Sun, the founder and owner of Plumpton Park Zoo, could not be reached for comment, but the county's tourism director, Sandy Turner, said Plumstead had contacted her last week to tell her he would close the zoo because tending its more than 300 animals had become too hard for him.

He shut the business down sometime last week, she said.

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