St. Charles, Illinois: Huge Wooden Colonial Guy - MovingIn an equally large rocking chair, rifle across his lap, he's probably wondering why he's in Illinois. Officially named "The Unknown Soldier," he was carved in 1976 by furniture store owner Andrew Pakan, who wanted something to sit in the giant rocking chair that he'd also carved. Disassembled July 23, 2014; moving to nearby town.
- Custom Furniture. On the west side of Hwy 25, four miles north of St Charles.
- Disassembled July 23, 2014; moving to nearby town.
Visitor Tips and News About Huge Wooden Colonial Guy - Moving
A Kickstarter campaign has started for this gentle giant. He sat proudly for many years in St. Charles and he is beginning a new chapter in Pingree Grove. Please consider helping by visiting his Kickstarter site before Aug. 29, 2014.[Clint Carey, 07/18/2014]
The Huge Wooden Colonial Guy was recently sold, and plans are in the works to restore him and move him to a new home in a nearby town.
According to a news report in the Kane County Chronicle, the Huge Wooden Colonial Guy will be moving to a new home in a few weeks. The owners of its current home, a furniture store, are retiring. They sold the Guy to another local business owner, who intends to restore it and set it up outside his barn/store in 2015. The new owner, Wyman "Clint" Carey, may also launch a Kickstarter campaign to help defray the cost of restoring The Huge Wooden Colonial Guy, who is almost 40 years old and 18 feet high. His head alone weighs 650 pounds.[Jon Morgan, 06/30/2014]
The owners of the Huge Wooden Colonial Guy, and the furniture store behind it, are selling the store and want someone to take their big man. He's 18 feet tall, holds a 14-foot-long musket, and comes with his own rocking chair. According to local news reports, owners Carolyn and Dick Pakan of Custom Furniture will be selling their business "soon" and want to find a responsible owner for their wooden mascot, or he'll end up in the local dump. Prospective buyers will have to bring their own truck and a crane.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/08/2014]
He looks freshly painted to me. Al Capone's hideaway is around the corner.[Amber Larson, 10/20/2010]
After decades of weather and rot (he'd been carved for the 1976 Bicentennial), the 18-ft. tall seated Revolutionary War soldier was recently restored for optimal patriotic effect.
Rocking Chair Rifleman: on rt.25, about five miles north of St.Charles, sits a huge wooden colonial guy. He's about twenty feet tall, sitting in a rocking chair and holding a rifle on his lap (in case of muffler man attacks?). His face looks like he's freezing. He's outside a country-style furniture store,and has been there for almost twenty years.[Garry, 04/10/1999]