Chincoteague, Virginia: Big VikingA fiberglass statue of a Viking, distant relative of the Muffler Men. Smashed by Superstorm Sandy in Oct. 2012; restored and re-erected Oct. 2013; taken down April 2015; seen lying on his back Aug. 2015.
- Ridge Rd, Chincoteague, VA
- Hwy 175 onto Chincoteague Island, then turn south. After several blocks turn left onto Bunting Rd, then turn right onto Ridge Rd. Drive a half-mile. The Viking lies on his back, on the east side of Ridge Rd, just south of Pony Swim Lane and the colorfully painted house.
- Taken down April 2015. Seen lying on his back Aug. 2015.
Visitor Tips and News About Big Viking
I checked on him on November 8, 2015. He's still laying down. It looks like it's the home of the island junk collector. No one was around to ask what they plan on doing with him.[Kathy Kirkpatrick, 11/10/2015]
Viking Muffler Man
I took a picture [of the Viking on its back] while vacationing in Chincoteague a couple of weeks ago. I was interested because it looks like a statue that I had seen, years ago, in Lake Placid, New York. I had never seen it standing on Ridge Rd in Chincoteague.[Marilyn, 09/25/2015]
The Big Viking was a beloved icon of Chincoteague until a property owner had him taken down in April 2015. The Viking you remember from Lake Placid was purchased by Magic Forest in Lake George circa 2003, and currently slumbers in storage.
On our visit to Chincoteague last week, we were told that the property where the Viking stood was sold, and the new owners didn't want it there any more.[Sally, 09/01/2015]
Big Viking Resurrected
The Viking is back![David Almasi, 11/30/2013]
Standing adjacent to a flea market, the old mascot of Capt. Mr. Bob Payne's Sea Treasures spent most of 2013 in pieces, but has been restored and painted.
Happy to report that the Viking appears to be on the road to recovery. Local fiberglass technicians from the boat repair yard and the Coast Guard station have him reassembled and ready to head out for a new coat of paint. Hopefully, he'll be back at his post in the near future.[Treetop Tom, 07/16/2013]