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Chincoteague, Virginia: Big Viking (In Transition)

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. Moved to Illinois in 2023.

In Transition

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Chincoteague Viking (Muffler Man)

The Viking that has been lying in a yard in Chincoteague for many years was sold in the summer of 2023 to someone from New Jersey. They plan to restore him, then he will be on display in a museum in Illinois in 2024.

[Amy Troxell, 12/01/2023]

It sounds as if his destination will be the American Giants Museum in Atlanta, Illinois, which plans to have several Muffler Men (and pseudo-Muffler Men) on outdoor display.

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]

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