Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

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Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

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Whirligig Shuffle

Whirligig Shuffle is a poker stroll fundraiser that blends poker excitement, community exploration, and cultural preservation in Historic Downtown Wilson. Participants purchase a playing card in advance and gather on April 20 at 3 pm to visit seven designated dealer sites, drawing a card at each stop to build their poker hand. The journey culminates at Casita Brewing, where players tally their cards for a chance to win a cash prize with the best hand. Alongside the poker stroll, attendees can enjoy a motorcycle show, live music, and a silent auction throughout the day, all in support of repairing and conserving the iconic Vollis Simpson Whirligigs.


Planning to visit the park? Check the weather before you go. Alternatively, if you’re planning to go on another day, check the forecast for that specific day. Be cautious of high-speed winds for your safety.

Wilson, US
10:05 am, Apr 22, 2024
weather icon 51°F
L: 50° H: 52°
clear sky
Humidity 54 %
Wind 7 mph N
Wind Gust 0 mph
UV Index 0
Precipitation 0 mm
Rain Chance
Visibility 10 km
Sunrise 5:29 am
Sunset 6:50 pm

The Story

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Historic Downtown Wilson is a unique place created by a community effort. It’s home to the playful, recycled sculptures made by Vollis Simpson. These sculptures spin in the wind and bring joy to all who visit. To discover more about this special place and the artist that created them, read the full story.

Spinning Stories

What’s your whirligig story? Let us know; the park’s story lives on through the people who cherish and love experiencing the whirligigs. Email us your stories along with a picture. We’d love to share your story.


Discover our upcoming events for fun, and entertainment. Don’t miss out, join us for memorable moments.

Park Rentals

Want to rent out the park for your events or special moment? Learn about how you can on our park rental page.

Museum & Shop

Explore the whirligigs’ history at the museum and shop for unique merchandise to commemorate your visit.

Support the Park

Our park relies on donations and grants, and your support is invaluable. Your contribution helps preserve a cherished part of Wilson’s history. Join us in preserving Wilson’s history and maintaining its beauty. Thank you for your important role in our cause.

The Gallery

Our gallery includes high quality, professional photography of the whirligigs in all their beauty. Feel free to browse these captivating images and appreciate the details and artistry of these remarkable creations. Check it out for yourself!

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Project is a partnership of Wilson Downtown Properties, Inc., the City of Wilson, Wilson Downtown Development, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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