The concept for Davis’ Mega Maze began across the street at Davis’ Farmland in 1995. The idea at the time was novel, providing an exhibit for children in a small plot of corn. The area designated for this children’s maze was only 40 by 60 feet in size and it was more of an experience than a challenging puzzle. When the maze opened, children flocked through the entrance and trampled the corn. The exhibit was destroyed. What seemed like such a great concept, now appeared to be an impossible one.
Sixth generation farmer, Larry Davis, relayed the traumatic maze experience to a good friend who also loved the concept and recommended finding a way to make it work. He knew of a gentleman in England named Adrian Fisher, who was the world’s most famous maze designer and recommended Larry contact him to try and make this exhibit become a reality. However, the Davis farmers believed the challenges were too great and filled the empty exhibit space with a fence maze. A year later, Larry’s friend found Adrian Fisher who was interested in designing a corn maze in New England. The Davises jumped at the opportunity, calling Adrian immediately. Two things would need to change to make the maze a success. First, the maze would be designed for adults instead of children; and secondly, it would not be located at Davis’ Farmland, instead it would be across the street and act as it’s own farm park. It would be huge with over 3 miles of winding pathways and each year would have a different theme. Theming options were endless, from dinosaurs to aliens and pirates. Adrian chose the first theme and designed the maze based on a famous Celtic frieze of two entwined dragons. The maze design was spectacular, combining both geometric angles with long sloping curves. With a project of such magnitude and detail, the Davises quickly found that building the maze was near impossible. But this ended up being the least of their worries. After planting the initial crop of corn, for the next month the farmers watched the plants slowly shrivel and die. Not only had the crop of corn died, but it was too late in the season to re-grow corn. This meant the maze would need to wait another year before it could be built. The plans seemed unattainable until their crop specialist, recommended using a crop called sorghum instead of corn. The idea worked. In the right weather, sorghum can grow as much as 8 inches in a day.
The first maze was created in two weeks. When it came time to open, the crop stood at 3 feet tall. This caused concern for the farmers who surveyed the maze from a bridge and questioned whether anyone would want to walk through a maze that short. It simply hadn’t had enough time to grow. They opted to have maze employees try to conquer the puzzle from beginning to end. When the employees couldn’t solve it, they knew they had something good. The maze was a further surprise when it opened because of the stir it created with the media, being seen in places ranging from Good Morning America, newspapers and magazines across the country…even a magazine in Sweden. Since then, Davis’ Mega Maze has appeared in books, movies and TV shows.
Every year brings a whole new puzzle, theme, and all new challenges to our guests. Davis’ Mega Maze features more bridges than any other field maze in the world and the only double-decker bridge. As if that didn’t make it complex enough, Davis’ Mega Maze is the only field maze in the world that has the capacity to change every day. There are hundreds of ways to complete the maze and the experience will never be the same twice.
Over the years, fun and games in the maze have grown, making the adventure a fantastic family outing that appeals to even the youngest members of the family. In fact, children between the years of 8 – 12 do the best.
It’s never the same adventure twice!