Williamsburg, Virginia: Presidents Park (Gone)Eighteen-foot-tall busts of every U.S. President along winding pathways, and you could pose next to every one. Too bad -- they couldn't afford the Obama head, and went out of business in 2010. The site was bulldozed and is now used by a car rental company.
Visitor Tips and News About Presidents Park
We enjoyed the "park" depite the fact it was about 100 degrees and the presidential busts were not displayed in what I envisioned as a park-like setting. I was hoping the statues would have been placed in a more stately setting with more trees and grass. That being said, I learned quite a bit from the written descriptions at the base of each president. For instance, little trivial things such as the height and weight of the presidents. I also learned much more on a DVD series which was playing in the welcome center where I sat and cooled off on this hot day. The DVD is available for sale in the gift shop. I bought it and have enjoyed watching and learning casually at home about our presidents.[Joe From Virginia, 08/30/2005]
Photo added March 2009.
I found the park to be quiet interesting. There was a lot of personal info about the presidents other than the "usual" factoids. I'm not sure why the creator felt this a necessary project but I enjoyed my visit and would recommend it to anyone traveling thru the area. George Jr. is the last head, and I asked the owner of the park who was on the grounds that day if there was room for expansion and he said that was still in the planning stages....who will it be? There is a snack bar and picnic tables so you can eat/drink and bask in Presidential history. Season Passes are also available.[Janie, 07/10/2004]
On March 1st, another Presidents Park opened -- this one outside Williamsburg, Virginia. The tourist attraction features huge sculptures of the heads of all 43 US Presidents, the work of artist David Adickes.... [03/18/2004] Complete News Story
Those Presidents' Heads are coming up. Just across the street from Water Country as stated before. If you come quickly you won't have to pay a dime to see them. You can see them from I-64.[Debbie Chandler, 01/20/2004]
Alas, in another blow to Virginians' understated grace and gentility... a Williamsburg businessman is funding the construction of incredibly large busts of every President. It looks like they'll eventually be hidden away at a special Presidential Park in York County, a fate far different from the businessman's original proposal: to place the busts and a 94-foot statue of George Washington along both sides of I-64! Some were on display in Buena Vista, VA (in the Shenendoah Valley, near Lexington), and a friend reported some on display in Norfolk this past summer.
I don't know where they are on display currently, but sometime soon, we'll all get to gaze up at a strange American version of Easter Island.[Atienza, 10/02/2000]
This is a good one. The first wave of white concrete President heads have been rolling around Virginia for six months. Each of the 41 heads stand 16 to 18-ft tall above their pedestals. The George W. is planned to be 92-ft. tall. They are intended for a "Presidential Park," slated for construction across from Water Country USA in Williamsburg until lack of proper permits forced them into storage and temporary exhibits in the region. Three are appearing in Buena Vista until at least November.
- Sept. 30, 2010 - Closed.