Reports, news, and stories on quirky roadside attractions! Not all tips verified -- call ahead! Submit your own tip.
Rockbridge County now has its own full-sized replica of Stonehenge, right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and made completely of foam. While the blocks appear to be megalithic granite, a close look indicates they are made of foam. I guess that would make them megafoamic. Whatever the case, they are impressive indeed. While I can't say that I had a spiritual experience there, I did get a good case of the giggles, which is just as good in my book. There is no fee for admission to this wonderfully tacky construction. As of April 2004, the structure is not completed, but the sculptor, Mark Cline, projects that all the megaliths at the real Stonehenge will be represented at the site sometime in June 2004.[Julie Mangin, 05/18/2004]
- Hwy 11 South, Natural Bridge, VA
- I-81 exit 180. On a bluff set back from the southbound side of Hwy 11, just south of the Natural Bridge Petting Zoo, one mile north of Natural Bridge. You need to be driving southbound to see it. Gate at base of hill leading to Foamhenge is sometimes locked, but visitors can walk around the gate to visit Foamhenge.
- Gate at base of hill sometimes locked, but visitors can walk around it.
- RA Rates:
- The Best
Foamhenge a new wonder in Natural Bridge, Virginia
A new member joins the American Stonehenge family when sculptor Mark Cline unveils his full size scale replica, made entirely of foam, on March 31st in Natural Bridge of Virginia. "Foamhenge at Natural Bridge" is painted to resemble the real Stonehenge. Foamhenge will be open free to the public starting April 2, 2004.
In past public spectacles, Cline, owner of Enchanted Castle Studios in Natural Bridge, unveiled "A Space Oddity," a 2001 flying saucer invasion on the hills outside of Lexington; Glasgow Va. became "The Town that Time Forgot" in 2003 when he placed 15 full size fiberglass dinosaur sculptures throughout the town.
At the Foamhenge opening ceremony, Mr. Cline plans to create the illusion of phasing through one of the four by six foot blocks to appear shortly after on the opposite side.
Foamhenge is located on the west side of Rt. 11 near the Natural Bridge Zoo, 1 mile north of Natural Bridge.[03/29/2004]
- Natural Bridge, Virginia - Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum & Dark Maze
A haunted house attraction, unique in that it really was a creepy, old, abandoned Victorian house at the top of an overgrown hill. The house burned down in April 2012. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
- I-81 to the exits for Natural Bridge, then follow US 11 into town. At the junction of Hwy 130 and US 11, across Hwy 130 from the entrance to the Natural Bridge attraction. Take the small road up the hill to the parking lot. The entrance to the path up the hill to the museum is at the far east end of the parking lot, marked by a gate.
- April 2012: Destroyed by fire.
- Natural Bridge, Virginia - Haunted Monster Museum - Burns!
On Monday night, April 16, 2012, a fire destroyed the main building of Mark Cline's Haunted Monster Museum, which had been closed for the off-season. His adjacent Dinosaur Kingdom attraction also sustained some damage, and a brushfire in the surrounding woods was eventually extinguished by firefighters. The State Police are investigating the cause of the fire.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/18/2012]
It's dinosaurs vs. the Union Army in an alternate universe Civil War -- the Rebs win! Roadsideamerica.com Report...
- I-81 to the exits for Natural Bridge, then follow US 11 into town. At the junction of Hwy 130 and US 11, across Hwy 130 from the entrance to the Natural Bridge attraction. Take the small road up the hill to the parking lot. The entrance to the path up the hill to the attraction is at the far east end of the parking lot, marked by a gate.
- Closed in 2012 due to nearby fire.