Vollis SimpsonWhirligig Park& Museum

You can’t leave town before you stand beneath our 31 spinning, shining whirligig installations. In 2017, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum opened in the heart of downtown Wilson. The two-acre park features the largest collection of the 50-foot installations in the world.

Park Events

Join us on The Green, a central grass amphitheater and stage, for concerts, performances, and movies on the lawn. Or visit The Pavilion, a large, open-air shelter, for downtown arts, crafts, and farmers marts, as well as community events.

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History and Vollis Simpson

Designed by folk artist Vollis Simpson, the whirligigs incorporate mirrors, bicycles, farm equipment, and more. Each piece reflects Simpson’s experiences, from his life in rural North Carolina to his service in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

Simpson’s welded and painted constructions are exhibited in museums around the nation, as well as in Russia, England, and Canada.

Simpson has been featured in several publications, including The New York Times, Sign and Symbol, People, Newsweek, Time Magazine, American Style, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Reader’s Digest, and others.

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NC Whirligig Festival

The first weekend in November, the park hosts the North Carolina Whirligig Festival. More than 50,000 visitors join us to enjoy 200 vendors, four entertainment stages, arts and crafts, food, and kids activities.

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