Exposed to the elements, cracked and crumbling in various stages of deterioration, these giant Presidential busts are surrounded by heavy equipment in an apocalyptic industrial wasteland where the mold and moss adds character and awesomeness to the entire experience.
They were once part of an educational park that went bankrupt during the recession of 2010; and now reside on private property near Williamsburg, Virginia. Each head stands 20 to 22 feet tall, weighing in somewhere between 15 to 20 tons. There are 42 heads in all; the collection ended with George W. Bush when the park closed.
A visit to the Presidents’ Heads is peppered with random facts both about the heads and the presidents themselves:
The cheek on Ronald Reagan’s bust was struck by lightning sometime after he was moved to the new location. Once asked what single accomplishment he was most proud of, it wasn’t his acting career or that he had become president. When he was young, working as a lifeguard, he was credited with saving 77 people from drowning.
Warren G Harding just might be crying. Known to be quite the gambler, he once lost the White House china in a poker game.
John Adams, shown peering through the weeds, was the first president to live in the White House.
Copyright 2020 Susan Rissi Tregoning
February 20th, 2020
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