Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Catch Up on Landmark Lost

REGIONAL — This summer, we have visited several different defunct places and attractions in our Limited Series, Landmark Lost. With the final summer edition of the series publishing on Friday, Aug. 27, catch up on the entire run of the series:

Drachen Fire
Drachen Fire, an Arrow Dynamics roller coaster, stood in Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 1992 to 2002. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
  • Take a ride on the infamous Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) roller coaster, Drachen Fire.
The trains for the now defunct Big Bad Wolf before leaving the station (Wikipedia)
  • Then swing across the Rhine River in BGW’s beloved but defunct coaster, Big Bad Wolf.
The busts from Presidents Park, a partially outdoor museum in Williamsburg, which closed in 2010. (©2019 Nancy E. Sheppard)
  • Visit what is left of the quirky piece of Roadside Americana, Presidents Park.
A postcard depicting the Government Pier at the Jamestown Exposition (Public Domain)
  • Take a tour of the region’s only World’s Fair, the Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition of 1907 in part one and part two.
Union Level, Va. is one of Virginia’s best preserved ghost towns (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)
  • Walk along the abandoned street of Virginia’s ghost town, Union Level.
A radar tower at the former Nike Missile Control Site N-85 (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)
  • Explore the ruins of former Army Base/Prisoner of War Camp/Nike Missile Site at Camp Patrick Henry.
The ruins of the Historic Rosewell Plantation house in Gloucester (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)
Images of the Hastings village (now Ireland) at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. ©2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Inc.)
  • Take a journey back to days of yore with the now defunct BGW village, Hastings, in part one and part two.
Rice’s Fossil Pit in Hampton was once a place where guests could be amateur paleontologists (Blake Foster/Flickr/Creative Commons License:


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