Back in 2004, 43 president statues were the main attraction at President’s Park in Williamsburg, Virginia. These giant heads were on display for all to see. However, declining attendance to the park forced it to close in 2010, leaving the fate of the presidents unclear.
Then Howard Hankins came along. Instead of destroying the statues, Hankins rescued them and put them on his 400-acre farm. The busts of these leaders of America, which weigh anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 pounds, were very difficult to transport. After a tedious transportation to their new location and many years of braving the elements, many of them have suffered damage.
The statues have been at Hankins’ farm for a few years as they await their next step. Hopefully, this will not be the final resting place for the 43 presidents.
Hankins and the statues have been getting a lot of notoriety from all over the world since they arrived at the farm, including this documentary by ABC7's Jay Korff.
While there have been some delays with finding an area to house the presidents, Hankins hopes to put them on some land just outside of Richmond, Virginia.
When the museum opens, he plans to build an additional giant bust of President Obama and President Trump to join the 43 others.
Until then, the 43 Presidents will sit alone on this quiet farm as they await their return to the spotlight.