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There Are 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Sitting In A Virginia Field

Happy Presidents Day!

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It's about two and a half hours southeast of the White House, but a little field in Croaker, Virginia, is now home to some very presidential figures.

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The farm belongs to Howard Hankins, who salvaged the giant statues from an open-air "Presidents Park" that closed in 2010. Hankins was supposed to destroy the concrete heads, but instead he offered to give them a new home.

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"They called me and wanted to know if I would come down there and crush [the heads] and haul them away," Hankins told the website DCist last year. "I said, 'Heck no, can I have 'em? I'm going to preserve them.'"

Speaking to Smithsonian magazine last week, Hankins estimated he spent around $50,000 moving the sculptures, which each weigh between 11,000 and 20,000 pounds.

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The busts had to be broken in the neck and at the top of their heads in order for a crane to load them onto a truck that transported them to the farm 10 miles away.

There the former presidents have sat ever since, exposed to the elements that have left them weathered and cracked in a sort of ghost town Mount Rushmore.

Photographer David Ogden visited the property, and his stunning pictures were recently featured on the @abandonedearth Instagram account.

Now, Hankins is working to raise money to restore the busts and rebuild the museum.

He started a Facebook page to publicize the project.

"Plans include a new facility with exhibits featuring an Oval office, Presidential transportation, The White House, First ladies, a secret service and covert ops area and other Presidential documents and memorabilia," he wrote.

He hopes the museum will benefit the community and serve as a more fitting home for the presidents.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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