“Unfortunately it had fallen into some hard times,” said Waterbury Chief of Staff Joe Geary. “It had been inactive, or almost abandoned, for about 30 years.”
The life is slowing coming back to the Holy Land site though. Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and a local businessman bought the property and began clear-cutting the area, chopping down overgrown trees and brush. A new state-of-the-art illuminated cross was installed over a year ago, and the iconic Bible-themed village settings remain, although many of those attractions are weathered and broken from neglect.
“It was a place in its heyday that attracted 40,000 visitors annually for many years,” Geary said.
The new birth for Holy Land will start this Fourth of July, as the city announced that Independence Day fireworks will launch from the hilltop setting, hoping to spark new interest in the neglected area that yet remains a staple on the Brass City skyline.
“Going to be a tremendous viewing opportunity for the city of Waterbury, all over the city,” Geary said.