Lucama, North Carolina: Vollis Simpson Whirligigs: Original Location

Most of the giant wind-animated sculptures of Vollis Simpson were moved to nearby Wilson, but a few have been left in place to tempt whirligig completists.
Vollis Shop Rd, Lucama, NC
From Whirligig Park in Wilson, drive southeast on Goldsboro St. S. for 1.5 miles. Bear right at the stoplight onto US Hwy 301. Drive 1.5 miles. Just after the little bridge across Contentnea Creek, turn right onto Wiggins Mill Rd. Drive seven miles. When you reach the intersection of Willing Worker Rd/Vollis Shop Rd, look for the whirligigs.
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Vollis Simpson's Whirligigs

Most of the displays have been restored and moved down to Wilson. Not much to see anymore, but still has a few displays left.

[Kirstee, 03/30/2018]
Vollis Simpson's Whirligigs

Very few of the 30-some whirligigs are now on the Simpson property. He sold them to be refurbished and placed in Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, which is being built in the nearby town of Wilson.

[L. Hayden, 10/03/2014]

This is a work in transition, and may take several years. In Wilson, some of the whirligigs are installed in the park, and some are in a storage yard elsewhere in town, undergoing restoration.

Vollis in his workshop.

Vollis Simpson's Whirligigs

Out there yesterday, and yes, Mr Simpson was in his shop, which is still full of smaller versions of his work. Hard to converse, as he is quite hard of hearing, but we had a nice conversation and purchased a whirligig.

This is my second visit, and it is obvious that his pasture full of creations will not be around too much longer. A number of the large whirligigs in the pasture have already been removed (though there are still plenty more to see). Mr Simpson is an amazing guy, and what he has accomplished is incredible.

Check out the City of Wilson website, or google Whirligig park, to see where his creations will (hopefully) end up. They have posted a diagram of the proposed park. Also visit the whirligig festival in Wilson in November.

[Whirligig Fan, 04/19/2011]

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