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Middletown, Connecticut: Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center (Closed) Team Field Report

I-91 exit 22-S onto Hwy 9. Drive south one mile to exit 19. Turn east onto Hwy 372, then make an immediate left onto Hwy 3/Shunpike Rd. Drive south one mile, bearing left at the stoplight. Wild Bill's will be on the right, just past the gas station.

Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center.

Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

A farm silo turned into the World's Largest Jack-in-the-Box was just another freaky project for love child Wild Bill Ziegler. Then he died, and the place sold off its treasures and closed in Sep. 2018. Report... [11/22/2009]
Middletown, Connecticut - Wild Bill: Collectors Inner Sanctum
Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center:

In a far corner of Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center, if you can squeeze your way past his collection of 500 hand-painted Lithuanian trolls, and his case of giant trilobites from Morocco, you might be able to wedge open the door into his office.

[11/26/2009] Complete Story...
Middletown, Connecticut - Giant Jack-In-The-Box Unveiled In New England
World's Largest Jack-In-The-Box:

The World's Largest Jack-In-The-Box has made its debut in Middletown, Connecticut. It's impressive in scale, and owner William "Wild Bill" Ziegler is proud that nothing about it is normal.

[10/18/2008] Complete Story...

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Wild Bill.

Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center still stands, with its staff keeping it afloat in the months since Billy Ziegler passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack. I'm unsure what will happen to Wild Bill's in the future, but they recently held a four-day festival that went really well. They are going through the tractor trailers on the property one by one and deciding what to do with Bill's collection. But the doors are still open!

[Kayti McMyermick, 09/04/2017]

Wild Bill was 70 when he died on April 11, 2017. His official obituary concluded, "Wild Bill, forever in our hearts and forever strange."

Wild Bill's.

Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

This is hands down the coolest spot on, in my opinion. Wild Bill is a nice guy who is more than willing to talk with his clientele. The store is easy to find and the inside has a lot of reasonably priced nostalgic items. You would all enjoy a good stop here.

[Anthony B, 01/04/2015]

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