Voilis Simpson's Windmill Farm, located in Wilson County, is a remarkable collection of gigantic "whirligigs" by local self-taught folk artist Vollis Simpson. Smaller whirligigs are available for sale at Simpson's shop adjacent to the windmill Farm. His works are displayed at the Wilson Rose Garden, the Hickory Grove Park and throughout downtown Wilson's street corners. Simpson's welded and painted constructions are monumental in scale and are exhibited at The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; The Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD at the inner harbor; as well as Russia, London, California, Canada and New York. 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, Readers Digest and others. He has also been featured in several books. He was honored by the Governor with the prestigious North Carolina Award in 2011.
DIRECTIONS: Exit 107 from 1-95 North to Lucama. After flashing light, Hwy. 581, turn left on Oscar Loop Rd., cross over, take the next left on Windmill Rd. The whirligigs are located at the intersection on the right. You can visit Vollis in his workshop.
A new two-acre public sculpture garden in downtown Wilson is planned for the permanent conservation and enjoyment of the largest collection of whirligigs created by folk artist Vollis Simpson. The creation and development of the Whirligig Park will be a catalyst for cultural economic development for Eastern NC and will transform Wilson's downtown. It will contribute to the revitalization efforts and anchor rhe development of rhe arts district in downtown. The park will be a major destination for cultural travelers worldwide and a unique garhering place offering a public greenspace for Wilson. Opening 2013. www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org