Imagine you're wandering through Croaker, Virginia, just minding your own business, when you stumble upon the sight of 43 creepy, crumbling effigies of U.S. presidents standing alone in a field. What's going on?
Originally created in 2004, these lonely leaders were supposed to be the main attraction of President's Park, which Smithsonian.com described as "a now-defunct open-air museum where visitors could once walk among the presidential heads."
So why does this Hankins guy own them now? Well, after the bankruptcy, he was the poor fella who was asked to destroy and dispose of the giant, 18-to-20-foot busts. But, being a true American, he just couldn't do it.
Funny thing about moving these guys, though: Each one weighs "between 11,000 and 20,000 pounds." Even moving them just a few miles is a HUGE ordeal, and every single one has sustained considerable damage because of it.
Recently, photographer David Ogden was permitted to come to the farm and take some pictures. Of the experience, Mr. Ogden told the Daily Mail, "When I first saw these busts in person I couldn't move - I think my camera even slid out of my hand."
There, intrepid local photographer Craig Warrington takes us on a tour via his Flickr page. As you can see, while this location is similarly abandoned, the busts are in decidedly better condition, though they still have their wear and tear.
Warrington recounted, "I was disappointed to see such an attraction - with busts of each and every one of our Presidents (minus the three or four which had previously been removed and placed at other locations in the Black Hills) to be left to slowly succumb to vandals, theft, and the elements."
He continued, "George H. W. Bush's stare was almost piercing and dare I say uncomfortable, and the uniform on Eisenhower (pictured) would most likely invoke a salute from many veterans either out of respect or simple muscle memory."
Back in Virginia, Hankins doesn't plan on disposing of these great men anytime soon. In fact, he's working with the local government to try to find a new place to put them. After all, kids need to learn about history somehow.
"One boy came out to see the heads, then he sent me a picture he drew of the presidents," Hankins told Smithsonian.com. "It just tugs at your heart to look at it."