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Chincoteague, Virginia: Big Viking

A 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, and has been lying on the ground ever since.

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.
Still flat on the ground in late 2019. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Viking, 2020.

Big Viking

Quite cool and slightly sad. My daughter asked why he isn't standing. I had no answer.

One tip... use bug spray before going into the field.

[Terry Power, 08/21/2020]

Having that first roadside statue mortality talk with loved ones can be difficult.


Chincoteague Viking

The Chincoteague Viking is still down for the count, laying prone next to a shack-like structure along with an impressive assortment of cast-off objects, the Viking seems to patiently wait to be rescued and returned to a more dignified upright position. I knocked on the doors, but this seems to be a "summer-only" property of an eccentric collector. I wonder if they would part with this guy? He's has a telephone pole stump instead of a right foot.

[NJ MufflerManHunter, 05/06/2017]

The shack was formerly Cap'n Mr. Bob Payne's Sea Treasures, now closed. The Viking has had a stump foot since at least the early 2000s.

Viking funeral.

Chincoteague Big Viking

Big Viking still down. Delivered last rites.

[J. Darling, 09/22/2016]

The Northmen are notoriously difficult to kill. We have hope that this giant will rise again.

Viking still down.

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 down.

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.

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