A field in Croaker, Virginia (situated around two and a half hours southeast of the White House) is a new home for around 43 presidential figures.
Howard Hankins is the owner of this farm who restored these giant statues from an open air “Presidents Park” museum. The museum was closed in 2010 and Hawkins was hired to destroy these statues, but instead, he kept them safe and gave them a new home.
Hawkins told the website Dcist.com that “They called me and wanted to know if I would come down there and crush [the heads] and haul them away,” and “I said ‘heck no, can I have ‘em?’ I’m going to preserve them.”
According to Smithsonian Magazine, Hawkins spent around $50,000 in moving these heavy sculptures (each weighing between 11,000 and 20,000 pounds) to his farm which is 10 miles away from the museum. Due to lack of tourist attraction license, his field is not officially open to visitors, and he is now working to raise funds to restore the busts and rebuild the museum.
He has started a Facebook page and called it the “Williamsburg Presidential Museum Project”,to publicize the project.