Bealeton, Virginia: Giant Roller SkateMade of wood and plaster, it's been around since the 1980s, a relic of the Pre-Rollerblade Epoch.
Rollerworks Family Skating Center
- 12099 Marsh Rd, Bealeton, VA
- Four miles northwest of Morrisville on Hwy 17/Marsh Rd, just south of the Lois Volunteer Fire Station. Gravel parking lot, be wary of potholes.
Visitor Tips and News About Giant Roller Skate
While still there, the skate is badly rotting at the heel and base and is starting to fall apart. Somebody save the skate![Sir, 04/25/2011]
The skating rink is under new management and opened Feb. 06, 2009 for business. There are plans to repair the Giant Skate in the near future.
There is also Parks Flea Market located in the Dance Hall building on the same property.[Ellen Parks, 03/21/2009]
Visited in late October. The roller skate is still here, if a little worse for wear. I was expecting a fiberglass sculpture but was surprised to find it was wood construction with plaster and plywood skin. It's a sweet bit of road art. HUGO is emblazoned along the right side of the skate.
It stands along the road in a large parking lot of the former skating rink which is now a big flea market and Brooks Auction Transfer.[Wondermachine, 11/12/2008]
The current photo of the Giant Roller Skate on RoadsideAmerica.com was taken in 1988 with our kids posing in front of the attraction. Recently, we stopped by with our grandkids, so we could pass the joy onto another generation. We noticed that the original "real" shoe lace and eyelets were removed and replaced with painted-on versions.[Glenn and Rebecca Brown, 09/12/2007]
The giant roller skate is still there, despite a change in management, although it is beginning to look the worse for wear, showing considerable paint cracking along at least one side.[Jim Heverin, 01/13/2006]