Posted on December 17, 2022 Updated on December 17, 2022
More from my Land of Oz photo collection. Previous posts are here, here & here. It has been over a year since I posted any of these. More to come. ~Vic
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Definitely does look like a IT character. Wow. Blue Ridge Mountains was really well known when I was a child in Yorkshire. I think this is the first time I have actually seen them
Hey, Gary! Good to hear from you. Wow. Our mountains were well known in Yorkshire. Well…there are a lot of UK descendants here.
There are a lot better pix than that one.
I have to wonder who has that statue…is there anything left now?
There was a huge restoration project that started in 1994 by former employees. They started reunions and it grew from there. There was a fire in 1975, IIRC and much was lost from that. Random vandalism in the 80s messed up a lot. That is when the sculpture disappeared. Whatever asshole that took it is probably too scared to return it.
So is anything left original?
The house. The yellow brick road. The witch’s castle. The tree faces. Tin Man’s house. The gates to the wizard. The covered bridge. The barn. The artwork lining the brick road. The museum of Oz stuff is gone. Some stuff survived via Appalachian State University. They returned everything.
There is an App State museum link.
Cool…I’ll take a look at this. I remember talking about this before but I love stuff like this.
Dude…we should plan a meet up there next Fall.
I would love that! I will check into that. Is there a documentary about it? Bailey is always looking for something to make one about…this would be interesting.
As far as I know, there is no documentary about it. It was saved in the 90s because Emerald Mountain Realty purchased the property. It has since been taken over by another group. I think I had an email exchange with someone that worked at the realty company and they lamented the fact that others had taken it over. The butt-load of pix I have, unless you know the exact URL links, you can’t find the list of pictures that the realty company has. There are two live pages but, the website has removed any visible links to them.
I went up there in 2017 and they were still working on streamlining things. Past that, the first time I was there, I was with my parents…either 1972 or 1973.
Things have improved quite a bit since 2017:
I wouldn’t mind at all…I asked Jen and she would like to go
We would have to coordinate ticket sales on a particular day…and time. In 2017, I got a ticket, boarded a bus and wandered about the place nearly all day. I think they have small groups and certain time frames, now. If you provide an email on the site, you will be notified when tickets are available. I’d love to go back to see how they have improved.
Didn’t I tell you that the Aunt Em in the house in 2017 had been the original Dorothy from the early 70s?
Oh cool…we have to make this happen… it sounds really cool. I’m sure glad they put it back together.
Damn…I thought I replied to this! It does sound like a lot of fun… You know I love stuff like this. That is cool about Aunt Em…something left over.
You did. I moderate, remember?
Yea I forget that every single time! Long day at work today!
More server migration?
Part of it…taking out the last things remaining
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