20' tall Presidents busts from the old Presidents Park in Virginia. "It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors." -George Washington "What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ." -George Washington Photograph by David Ogden © @abandonedearth / @ogdenigma
A family farm in Croaker, Virginia, now houses over 40 giant, crumbling heads of past presidents.
The heads, ranging from 18 to 20 feet high and weighing between 11,000 and 20,000 pounds, were once part of Presidents Park in Williamsburg. The walk-through attraction, owned by Everette “Haley” Newman, opened in 2004 after the giant presidents’ heads came to fruition at the artistic hands of David Adickes following an inspiring trip to Mount Rushmore.
Sadly, the park closed six years after it was opened, lacking enough visitors to keep it afloat. And while Newman wanted the enormous sculptures to be destroyed, local resident Howard Hankins, who also helped build the park, didn’t want to see that happen.
So, Hankins offered up space on his 400-acre farm, as well as the funds needed, to transport the presidents to a new home. The process took a week, cost about $50,000 and caused damage to most of the sculptures.
Hankins said he has no desire to obtain a license or other requirements needed to become an official attraction. He regularly turns away requests for visits, but some brave and determined souls still manage to make their way onto Hankins’ property to get a glimpse of the giant heads of past presidents.
Meanwhile, Hankins said a new park is in the works, utilizing the giant sculptures, among other attractions.
President busts from the closed Presidents Park in Virginia. They stand fifteen to twenty feet in height and are being preserved by Williamsburg's Howard Hankins. For more information please visit the Williamsburg Presidential Museum Project at https://m.facebook.com/presidentsinwilliamsburg/ or see link in bio. Photograph by ©David Ogden @abandonedearth 2016 #AbandonedEarth
President's busts from the (closed) Presidents Park in Williamsburg. Currently located on a private farm. These sculptures stand about fifteen to twenty feet tall and are being preserved by Williamsburg's Howard Hankins. If you're interested in helping support their restoration please visit the Williamsburg Presidential Museum Project at https://m.facebook.com/presidentsinwilliamsburg/ Photograph by ©David Ogden @abandonedearth 2016 #AbandonedEarth
“When I left Springfield, I asked the people to pray for me, I was not a Christian. When I came to Washington, I was not a Christian. When my beloved son Willie died, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg, and there looked over those thousands of white crosses, I then and there consecrated my heart to Christ. Yes, I do love Jesus.” -Abraham Lincoln. Photograph by ©David Ogden @AbandonedEarth @ogdenigma On Assignment #JesusChrist
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