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Friday, August 29, 2008

Bust a move

Magnet #189 - Joy in Presidents Park

A few years ago, we visited Presidents Park in Williamsburg, VA. And, I'm considering a trip to the one out in South Dakota.

I love presidential history - which is odd, given that I'm one of the most apolitical folks I know. I hate discussing politics with anyone - the Republicans think I'm on the Democrat side, the Democrats think I'm on the Republican side, and truth is, it's no one's business but my own. Despite the unending efforts of both sides to convince me, I'm not listening to anyone but the candidates. I swear, you'd think I was at the crossroads of Eden and Sodom & Gomorrah, with my soul at stake. Though, really, it's more like the crossroads of Salisbury, NC, and New York, NY...with my vote at stake.

But, I digress - this is a magnetblog, after all. Right. Presidential history - that means (mostly) dead presidents.

This place is loaded with them - it's basically a park where they have 20-feet-tall busts of all of our U.S. presidents placed along a meandering path in numerical order. Twenty feet! Forty-three of them! It's insane! I bet it's kinda scary to be in at night. I bet they all talk to each other when no one's around. I bet I'm creeping myself out.

Anyway. At the base of each president, they have displays that basically go through their fact sheets - personals, career accomplishments, presidential achievements and failures, fun facts, etc. And though you think you know all there is to know about your dead presidents...I'm sure you'd still find one or two things to learn, while you're peering up Harry Truman's nose.

Seriously, folks, it's the coolest place on earth. Or the creepiest.
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jen said...

I bet they're like the stone angels in Doctor Who. Don't blink!

Either way, I LOVE that place!

julie said...

this park was cool... and was a great reentry point into American culture for me since we went pretty much as soon as my plane landed from UZ. hahaha.

so if NYC is now Dem (sort of)... what do you think New New New New New New New New New New New York is? I totally just watched New Earth tonight when the power was out. hahah.

also, what happened to all my pictures from this trip??

The Geek said...

I want to find out that Stone Henge was the first attempt, the Easter Island Heads were the second, and the final, finished product was the 20-foot presidential bust collection from G. Wash to Billy C.

BTW, love the post title. Very cute. :-)

joy said...

What I can't believe is that there's two parks.

And, I saw somewhere that apparently, no one really told people that the busts were coming...and they were being trucked...some in open air trucks. So people would be driving along and there goes Andrew Jackson driving by. Hah!