Presidents Park opened in Williamsburg, Virginia in March of 2004. The theme park was an open-air museum where visitors could walk among the 18-foot-tall presidential heads. The busts were built of concrete and showcased the first 43 Presidents of the United States, from Washington to George W. Bush.
Presidents Park was the brainchild of local landowner Everette “Haley” Newman and Houston sculptor David Adickes. The park, which cost about $10 million to create, closed in 2010 due to a lack of visitors. The park was surrounded in controversy for several years. Many thought it would take tourists from the other local attractions like Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. Several Williamsburg city officials spoke out against Presidents Park, referring to it as “tacky” and a “sideshow.” Park owners disagreed and thought the park was a way to teach children about history as well as sculptures. Presidents Park permanently closed on September 30, 2010. Two years after closing, creditors put the property up for an auction; minus the statues.