Presidents Park

Presidents ParkPresidents ParkPresidents Park opened in March 2004, by a local attraction entrepreneur. Presidents Park showcased concrete busts of the first 43 Presidents of the United States from George Washington to George W. Bush.

Presidents ParkThe 18-foot tall President statues were sculpted by a Houston artist who was inspired to create them after passing Mount Rushmore on a return trip from Canada.

Presidents Park Presidents Park was surrounded in controversy for over three years. Many thought it would take tourists away from Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. Several Williamsburg city officials spoke out calling the attraction “tacky” and a “sideshow”. The owner of Presidents Park disagreed and thought it would be a way to teach children about sculptures as well as history.

Presidents Park

Presidents ParkPresidents Park had financial troubles including low attendance numbers. The park closed on September 30, 2010. Two years later, creditors put the park up for auction; minus the statues.

Presidents ParkBy January 2013, the enormous busts had been moved to a farmer’s field for storage. Several of the statues were damaged during transport, including the back of Lincoln’s head. The new owner dreams of one day restoring the statues and opening another park to display them.

Presidents Park

Presidents Park

Presidents Park

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10 Replies to “Presidents Park”

  1. In 2006 , I moved to Virginia to care for my 5 year old great grandson. His mom was in the military and was transferred to a base in Hampton Roads. I took my gr grandson to this park, and to my amazement, he could identify almost all of the Presidents. He thought it was one of the coolest things he’d ever seen, and of course, I did too, because I was seeing it through his eyes. I’m truly sorry about what has happened to it and hope the new owners of the sculptures will be able to exhibit them some day.

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