What’s Happening Now?
Vollis Simpson made whirligigs for over 30 years and installed them in a field at his family’s farm. People came from at least 20 countries and 42 states to see the “Whirligig Farm” and talk to Vollis, who still worked in his shop until about six months before his death on May 31, 2013. In fact, the “Whirligig Farm” was the top tourist attraction in Wilson County.
Over the past year the Project has been moving the whirligigs from the Simpson farm to a warehouse in downtown Wilson at the corner of Barnes and Douglas Streets, where they are being carefully documented, assessed, repaired, and conserved. When the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park opens in 2014, all of the whirligigs will be in maximum working order and freshly painted.
Construction on Phase 1 of the park will be completed in 2013. Most of Phase 1 will be hidden underground but FIVE of Vollis’s whirligigs will be installed, including his 55′ long masterpiece, V. Simpson!
A campaign is underway to raise funds for Phases 2 and 3. Located in the Downtown Warehouse District, the two-acre park site is at the corner of Goldsboro, South, and Douglas Streets.