Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Lucama: Address, Phone Number, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Reviews: 4/5

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
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Ann G
Apex, NC105 contributions
Amazing artwork!
Apr 2017 • Family
While the park isn't complete yet, the whirligigs that are standing are amazing to view. Each one is unique and moves with the wind. Once the outdoor structure is complete for the farmer's market and the last few pieces are installed, it will be wonderful!
Worth a ride to Wilson to view this!
Written April 26, 2017
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johnnb
Silver Spring, Maryland33 contributions
Most whirligig have MOVED to new Wilson Whirligig Park
Mar 2017 • Family
This listing is for the OLD park outside Wilson; we passed by here and didn't see anything. About 15 whirligigs are now up in a park under construction at 301 Goldsboro St S., Wilson NC. That one's worth a visit.
Written March 24, 2017
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Donna-Kay58
Pikeville, NC5 contributions
One of a Kind Experience
Oct 2015 • Solo
A trip by the whirligig park is a step back in time. Although a major portion of his displays have been relocated into the town of Wilson, the area is still worth the trip to visit.
Written September 18, 2016
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retta84730
Lucama, NC88 contributions
is still in the building process
Apr 2016
part of the whirligigs have been refurbished and are up. landscaping still to be done so gets a little muddy following a heavy rain
Written April 25, 2016
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Barry M
Burke, Virginia, United States7 contributions
Whirligigs Whirling Up a Storm!
Mar 2016 • Couples
My wife and I decided to take a side trip to see the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, NC - sounded interesting. It sure was! Mr. Simpson was a retired metalworker who found he had too much time on his hands and metal in his yard, so he decided to create whirligigs. Not regular whirligigs but gigantic ones 20-30 feet up in the air. The park, which is still under development, has 14 whimsical whirligigs. The town of Wilson recently pledged $1.3 million to help finish the park and the full compliment of 30 whirligigs. We went on a nice windy day, and all the whirligigs were whirling away! Mr. Simpson has passed on, but his work is being continued a block away. The manufacturing facility was not open when we visited, but it was interesting to see several whirligigs in various states of completion in the yard. It was well worth the visit!
Written March 10, 2016
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TravelBugclu
CT22 contributions
One of A KInd
Dec 2014 • Couples
Spurred on by a tip from the “Off the Beaten Path” book, we made Wilson, NC our destination. There is a teaser of a whirligig at the North Carolina Visitors Center. So that will give you an idea of what to expect. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park has erected five structures in downtown at the corner of South/Douglas & Goldsboro Streets. We stopped at the local visitors’ center at 209 Broad St. and received many suggestions from the helpful guide there. An especially good recommendation was to tour the warehouse where the whirligigs are being restored. The park itself is outdoors and there are only a few pieces to see. A worker at the warehouse spent plenty of time with us and we found it fascinating. We found the many bungalow style houses in the town an added attraction.
Written November 7, 2015
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Road_Warrior32034
Clayton, GA902 contributions
Our visit sent my mind spinning with creativity
Oct 2015
The tour of the restoration facility was nothing less than phenomenal.

My wife stumbled upon this attraction while researching the area around Spring Hope, where we were staying a couple of days. She learned that a tour of the restoration facility was highly recommend to educate the visitor so that they would be better able to more fully appreciate the works already restored and erected in the Wilson open-air park, which is under development. Upon our arrival, we joined a tour-in-progress. Our excellent tour guide, Mel Bowen, described how 31 large whirligigs were purchased from the family of the artist/creator to be relocated from his property to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park near the center of Wilson, NC, after any required restoration. Mr. Bowen was a member of the restoration team and had a wealth of knowledge to share with anyone interested. Inside and outside the restoration facility there were many of Mr. Simpson's creations in various stages of restoration. It was fascinating to begin to understand the vision of the park and the process and effort required to restore or recreate these magnificent masterpieces to their original beauty. With only an 11th grade education, Mr. Simpon started creating these works of mechanical works of art in 1985 after retiring from a house moving business. It will be hard for us to find such an entertaining and interesting attraction as this in the remaining 5 days of our week trip around North Carolina and Virginia. Many, many thanks to Mel Bowen for an excellent tour.
Written October 15, 2015
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Gary U
Ocala, FL1,887 contributions
Wind-driven machines of wonder, and amazment.
Jul 2015 • Couples
A continuing work in progress the "Whirligig Park Project," runs the gambit from simple to complex, some "Machines" are a mere foot across while others are thirty foot! A truly amazing collection of Vollis Simpson's inventions after he retired. Don't miss the warehouse at 301 Barnes Street either, as it's only a few blocks away. This is where they are refurnishing and reworking the oldest ones. The guys will take you on a free tour, but it's worth ten bucks to hear the story told.
We'll be coming back, I can't wait to see what's next!
Written August 3, 2015
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rktrump
40 contributions
Bad part of town?
Jul 2015 • Family
Went here with my husband and our two year old. There are about 6 whirligigs and they're quite cool. This is clearly a park/work in progress. My son got a bigger kick out of the construction equipment than the whirligig. My biggest critique is it doesn't feel like a particularly safe place to be even during perfect daylight. I don't know Wilson, but this seemed like the bad part of town. 15 minutes is adequate for this attraction.
Written July 11, 2015
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BonesANDFrito
Florida58 contributions
Brings back college memories from ACC
Jun 2015 • Friends
I first saw these back in 1987 while attending Atlantic Christian College in Wilson NC. We would drive out to the artists house in the country to see them. We usually went at night because they had so many reflectors on them. It was called reflector park back then. It is so nice to see that they are being saved and restored. You can also go a block over to the warehouse to see where they are being restored. Much more is planned for the park in the future.
Written June 24, 2015
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