Lonely Planet Writer

Why this Virginia field is filled with giant heads of US presidents

Eerie photographs reveal the crumbling remains of the all-American attraction showcasing rows of gigantic 18-foot heads of the first 43 presidents of the United States. The formidable concrete statues include the first president of the United States, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln who appears to be missing the back of his head. Also featured are George Bush Senior, the assassinated 35th President, John F. Kennedy and 37th President Richard Nixon.

The formidable concrete head of President Abraham Lincoln stands 18-foot tall. Image by Abandoned Southeast /Mediadrumworld.com

Other decrepit structures depict a slightly worse for wear looking Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman. The spooky images were taken at Presidents Park, Virginia, USA by an urban explorer known as Abandoned Southeast.

George Washington, one of the first 43 presidents of the United States who was created for the abandoned park. Image by Abandoned Southeast/Mediadrumworld.com

“These are eighteen-foot tall concrete busts that were made by a sculptor for a closed attraction,” he said.  “I got the idea for this project after reading an article online about the heads and I love exploring what is left behind in abandoned places.

Ulysses S. Grant stands abandoned in the Virginia field with the other Presidents. Image by: Abandoned Southeast/Mediadrumworld.com

“I just want to show others the unusual things we come across whilst exploring. Presidents Park was surrounded in controversy for over three years. Many thought it would take tourists away from Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown.”

The crumbling remains of the all-American attraction. Image by Abandoned Southeast /Mediadrumworld.com

“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,” he explains. The park opened in March 2004 and closed in September 2010 due to low visitor numbers. Three years later, the heads were moved to a nearby field where they were damaged in transit. The park’s new owner has plans to restore the statues and reopen.

John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon’s heads stand in a field in Virginia. Image by Abandoned Southeast/Mediadrumworld.com

“People are surprised that these giant heads even exist,” added Abandoned Southeast. “The current owner hopes to create a new visitor attraction to display the heads in the future once they are repaired.”

By mediadrumworld.com