Have fun hunting throughout Hampton Roads for these quirky and educational icons
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First Ice Cream Cone Machine (Norfolk)
It all started at a simple souvenir stand in 1904, where Abe Doumar came up with the idea of an ice cream cone. Once it became a hit, Doumar moved his stand to the location where the Ocean View Amusement Park once stood. The stand was destroyed during a hurricane. George Doumar, Abe’s brother, decided to build a restaurant, Doumar’s, nearby where they could continue serving cones as well as other foods, which still stan
ds in Norfolk today.
Battleship Wisconsin (Norfolk)
Not only is the Battleship Wisconsin one of the largest battleships ever built for the U.S. Navy, but it also received five battle stars during World War II. This battleship, now berthed at Nauticus, aided aircraft carriers during the Korean War and also during World War II. Later on during the 1990s, she was relaunched and used as part of Operation Desert Storm.
Aluminum Butterfly Elephant (Norfolk)
The life-sized statue made by Matthew Grey Palmer was unveiled in front of the Virginia Zoo in 2010 as a welcoming scene for visitors. The statue is made up of approximately 10,000 butterfly shapes. On the trunk of the elephant sits a small butterfly figure, with elephant-shaped wings. The structure took more than 2,000 hours and six months to create and is a pleasant reminder that nature is a beautiful part of life.
Hugh Mongous (Virginia Beach)
Fashionable in a pair of sunglasses, a Hawaiian shirt and swim trunks, “Hugh Mongous” stands at around 45 feet tall at Ocean Breeze and acts as the mascot for the park. The sculpture was originally made in 1977 from Styrofoam and wood, but it caught fire and was damaged in 1989 by an unknown cause.
Witch of Pungo Statue (Virginia Beach)
Grace Sherwood, the infamous “Witch of Pungo,” was tried and accused of bewitching a neighbor’s crop in the late 17th century. As a test of her reputation as a witch, officials tied her thumbs and toes together and dropped her into Witchduck Point, the Western part of the Lynnhaven River. Sherwood floated in the water, determining her “guilt” as being a witch. The Princess Anne County government arrested Sherwood and imprisoned her until she was 80 years old. A bronze statue at Sentara Bayside Hospital honors her legend.