Dooms, Virginia: Purple Cow Head

Large and purple. Towers above the neighboring trees on lofty sign posts. Formerly abandoned, then adopted by an ice cream stand that was built beneath it.
Address:
Purple Cow Rd, Dooms, VA
Directions:
I-64 exit 96. North around six miles, first through Waynesboro on Mt Torry Rd, which changes to US 340/Delphine Ave. and finally to East Side Hwy. On the northeast corner of East Side Hwy and Purple Cow Rd.
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Purple Cow Head

There's also a bus, a calf, and a giant bull in a pickup truck, all painted purple. It's an ice cream stand and, naturally, it was closed on Monday, the day I visited. Another car pulled up and the lady that got out said that the woman that runs the place lives in the purple bus. She was gonna go bang on the bus to get some ice cream, but I said everybody deserves a day off.

[Lucy Pfeffa, 06/29/2017]

Purple cow.

Purple Cow Head

Just stopped by and met the new owner - Becky. She's reopening the place as a 50's Style Ice Cream parlor. Looks like it will be pretty awesome later this summer!

[Malisa, 05/23/2015]

Cow Head.

Purple Cow Head

We stopped by here on our way to Charlotte for a wedding. A photo op with a cow head colored purple was a perfect excuse to get off the highway for a bit.

[Steve, 01/14/2013]
Purple Cow Head

I helped my father build this fast food restaurant in 1964. He bought the entire cow statue from Monticello Dairy in Charlottsville because he knew it would be a good advertising tool and people would talk about it.

I remember flipping burgers there when I was in high school. We owned the 50 acre tract with the restaurant on the corner, and Dad built our house directly behind it. He sold the rest of the land off. In the late '60s I was in the Air Force and my parents moved the restaurant to a location downtown. My Dad always wanted to work for himself and this was his start.

[Ted Simerson, 07/01/2011]
The Purple Cow - Vague Recollections

I have lived in Dooms all of my life. The Purple Cow began as a small fast food hamburger restaurant. I remember the hamburgers sold for .15 cents. Had many good times there.

[Dwight, 02/27/2010]

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