North Carolina-Whirligigs-November 29

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-November 29

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

I attempt to read other blog of people that follow me. Really indebted to Adventuredawgs and Lone Star Back Roads as two fellow bloggers who find time to read my posts.

Occasionally I read their posts and learn something new. That happened on Sunday Afternoon when Lone Star Back Roads posted about Whirligigs.


Never heard that term before.

A whirligig is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one part that spins or whirls. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners]] garden ornament. They can be designed to transmit sound and vibration into the ground to repel burrowing rodents in yards, gardens, and backyards.

They can be simple or complex see images below:

Lone Star Back Roads wrote about a North Carolina man that makes lots of whirligigs.

Wilson County, North Carolina native Vollis Simpson started building whirligigs in the 1970s with parts and items collected during his years of operating a repair shop in the small town of Lucama (a few miles southwest of Wilson).

I recommend you go to the link below and read his fascinating post and admire Vollis Sampson work that he captured in photos.

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park – Wilson, North Carolina



One comment

  1. I’ve seen these all over but never knew they had an actual proper name.

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