The History of the Abandoned President Statues The state of Virginia

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Virginia has its fair share of abandoned structures, including railroads, tunnels, and even entire towns. However, none of these locations are as enticing as the field of abandoned statues outside of Williamsburg. Originally part of Presidents Park, these 20-foot busts of former US presidents have been sitting alone in a privately owned field since 2010. Here’s more on Virginia’s fascinating yet unsettling field of abandoned statues. Please keep in mind that this attraction is not open to the public and that the best way to see it is through this video footage.

There are 42 statues of former presidents in a privately owned field near Williamsburg that were once part of a public collection

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After the former Presidents Park was purchased and closed down in 2010, a man named Howard Hankins gave these statues a home

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The now-defunct Williamsburg park, as well as the nearby Presidential Pets Museum, were popular attractions.

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Visitors could marvel at the massive statues and learn interesting facts about each one

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Moving the statues to a private residence was a major undertaking. Each bust actually weighs around 22,000 pounds!

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Seeing these statues today, as they slowly deteriorate, has a positive eerie effect

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While the field of abandoned statues in Virginia is not open to the public, a campaign is underway to restore them so that a new attraction can open. This future attraction “envisions a truly, cultural and historical experience on a grand scale” according to the website The Presidential Experience, which is

dedicated to the park’s re-opening. Did you know Virginia has a field of abandoned statues? What are your thoughts? Share your thoughts in the comments section below — we’d love to hear from you!

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