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Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park

125 Douglas Street S, Wilson, North Carolina 27893 USA

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Mon 8a-5p
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“More metal than Metallica”

The unique Windmill Farm is a remarkable collection of elaborate "whirligigs" produced by local outsider folk artist Vollis Simpson. The works incorporate complex movement and sound as a integral part of the more than 30 works designed and constructed on Simpson's property. Simpson's welded and painted constructions are large in scale and have been exhibited at The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, at the inner harbor, and are featured in downtown Raleigh, two blocks from the Exploris Museum. Simpson has been featured in several publications including Sign and Symbol, People, Newsweek, Time Magazine, and other popular books and publications.

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Reviewed by
LauraLynnKeller

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
August 17, 2014

what you dont know is the park only has 4 of his creations, guess all the others hidden someplace else, would be a cool stop off it you could see the things shown in the photo above

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sarah Parent

  • 87 Reviews
  • 49 Helpful
August 31, 2014

This park is actually being relocated, so there was very little to see.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SquirrelQueen

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
June 10, 2014

If you want to see the five that are currently up so far, they are in the future park at the corner of South Street and Goldsboro SW Street, Wilson, NC. If you get off of exit 122 on I-95 you will find a bunch of restaurants to eat at (either on your way in or out). There's free off street parking if you drive around a little bit not too far from the future park.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JFLomaga

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 28, 2017
Rated 1.0

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE ! stopped by in September 17 and the Park was being prepared for it's Grand Opening. Visited the build site on the next block for a well informed informal tour of the facility where the BIGGEST whirligig was being completed. We will DEFINITELY revisit Wilson again when traveling south next year, and hope for a little more breeze. Well worth the side trip if you have the time.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
barnes5jl

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
March 31, 2014

Do not go! Not what it seems. Real park opens in Wilson in 2015!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
leah.norville

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
March 02, 2014

Vollis Simpson has passed and his whirlygigs are being relocated in Wilson, NC.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Michaela

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 07, 2017
Rated 5.0

Coolest place I've been to so far! The whirligigs in the sky are incredibly cool especially in the wind when they move. definitely recommend if you're in the area

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Reviewed by
AmySnopek

  • 18 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 1.0

Skip it. Right now it's a giant dirt field on an abandoned road with maybe 14 whirligigs. There was no wind the day we went, and it was very humid. We were covered in bugs, sweat, and dirt when we got back in the car. It's certainly a work in progress, so I'd hold off going until your next trip.

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Reviewed by
mcbonez102

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 15, 2015

We visited the park, Oct.10th, 2015, really an almost empty lot with a few whirlygigs that were well done, but it was a rainy day & Wilson seemed like a deserted ghost town with nothing else open.Really a wasted trip, unfortunately. Only a few whirlygigs in a muddy lot.

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Reviewed by
cobrakayaker

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 12, 2015
Rated 5.0

If you're going to visit the Whirligigs then your first stop MUST be the restoration operation just a couple blocks from the park itself. The restorers will take ample time to walk you through the story of Vollis, the history of the whirligigs and show you each piece in progress. This will give you a better speciation when you go to the park.

I was told to visit the parks Facebook page as the website isn't consistently maintained.

There were 11 whirligigs featured in the park during my visit. Warning! Do not stand directly under these giants as it's not unheard of for pieces to come loose.

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Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park

125 Douglas Street S
Wilson, North Carolina
27893 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Mon - Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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