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- 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.
- Natural Bridge, Virginia - Dinosaur Kingdom
We wanted to provide an update about Dinosaur Kingdom, which was closed by a fire in 2012. We found the site; the nearby parking lot is slowly becoming overgrown and any signage has been removed. There are several No Trespassing warnings next to a chained gate that can easily be walked around. The path still exists, but any of the Dinosaur/Civil War statues have been removed. A burned-out structure exists halfway along the loop trail, but that's it. However, Mr. Mark Cline has saved what didn't get destroyed by the fire, and those bits are located in the enclosed yard at his workshop down the road. If you want to see what's left, you'll have to go there. We were lucky to meet the man when he was there, and it was a wonderful visit.[Mike Daniels, 08/23/2014]
Mark's workshop, Enchanted Castle Studios, is a few miles north on US Hwy 11, near the interchange for I-81.
It should be noted that Dinosaur Kingdom and the Monster Museum are only open on Saturdays. So when we took the detour there on a Tuesday, we were very disappointed. As I was pouting on the way back to the interstate, we stopped at what used to be Enchanted Castle, and met the man behind it all. Mark Cline was fantastic, and told me about a little passage that I could get on the property to look around. i could see the outside of the Monster Mansion (which looked AWESOME) and wander through the paths of dinosaurs and other objects. Even without the special effects of movements, growls, music, etc Dinosaur Kingdom was beyond awesome. There were so many little details to everything. I cannot wait to go back and see it in full swing.[Danielle, 10/22/2011]