Gypsy Camp

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Gypsy Camp
Other Name(s) Olentangy Park Gypsies
Type Fortune Telling
Park Section Colonnade
Opened 1907
Closed Unknown

There was a Gypsy Camp at Olentangy Park, first mentioned in 1907[1]. Queen Stella, the "genuine gypsy fortune teller," was only there for one year from Egypt and told "past, present and future, from cradle to grave." She spoke 14 different languages.[2] Dona Stevens, the new queen, was crowned on August 15, 1908.[3]

Madam Marea performed as one of the fortune tellers. A classified ad said she was a "psychological reader" who had been at the park since 1907.[4]

In 1909, a larger camp of "Gypsies" was located north of the city, east of Crestview. It had over 100 members and lodged in tents and wagons. [5][6]


  1. "Olentangy Park." Chillicothe Gazette (Chillicothe, Ohio). 4 June 1907. Pg. 8.
  2. Personal Ad. Columbus Evening Dispatch. 23 June 1908. Pg. 8.
  3. Personal Ad. Columbus Evening Dispatch. 12 July 1908. Pg. 16.
  4. Classified ad. The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 2 May 1909. Pg. 9.
  5. "Romany Wanderer Loves the Poetry of All Outdoors." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 16 May 1909. Pg. 1.
  6. "What the Dispatch Staff Photographer Saw in the Big Camp of Gypsies Located East of Crestview North of the Corporation Line." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 16 May 1909. Pg. 1.