Holy Land USA was once an 18 acre (7.2 hectares) theme park in Waterbury, Connecticut, that at its peak in the 1960s and ’70s saw upwards of 40,000 visitors per year. It was closed for renovation in 1984; its owner, John Greco, died in 1986, and nobody has been sure what to do with it since. The property has been watched over by a group of nuns in the intervening decades, while it deteriorates more and more, and just gets more and more disturbing.

As if the crumbling statues, dark and still structures and obvious vandalism don’t get your “let’s get the hell out of here” meter in the red, there’s also the fact that a teenager was murdered on these deserted grounds in 2010. While police reports have shown instances of trespassing dropping, that really just means there are fewer people around, making the place even more isolated and terrifying.


Photos of Holy Land U.S.A. in Waterbury, CT found here

The first photo is of the 50 ft cross, standing at the very top of Pine Hill in Waterbury, CT, you can see it from I-84 and it marks the very spot of where the religious theme park, Holy Land U.S.A. use to be. 

Back when this park was in full operation, it brought about 40,000 visitors per year. After receiving a message from his God in the 1950’s, attorney John Greco created the park as a homage to the Holy Land in Israel where he created miniature towns of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. By the time he was done, he had created over 200 unique structures in his park. Unfortunately, Holy Land U.S.A. closed in 1984 and the park is now closed to the public. Yet, the curious, and the vandals still make their journey out to the park. Most of the park is in ruins or either slowly crumbling, and looks nothing like it did in the 50’s. 

Me and my friend tried to knock on the nun’s door (who now own the property) but no one was home at the time, so we just walked around for a little bit to take pictures. The park is very creepy and has almost a post-apocolytic feel to it with everything being demolished and in ruins. Seeing the cross at the top of the hill is quite a site to see, with an absolutely beautiful view of Waterbury down below.

Abandoned Places 1: Holy Land USA, Waterbury, CT

Holy Land USA is located in Waterbury, Connecticut and was once a theme park based on scenes from The Bible. Holy Land USA is now abandoned and not open to the public. On July 2nd, 2011, a few friends and I decided to check it out and take some photos.

When we came up to the front entrance we were faced with an old gate. The gate was in bad shape; almost falling apart. There were “No Trespassing” signs on both sides. This gate was next to an active monastery. We went up to the monastery door and knocked to see if we could get permission from the nuns to enter the park. No one answered the door, so we just went in. 

We were first faced with what looked like a miniature town of Bethlehem. The miniatures were now falling apart and rusting; which made them more interesting, I think. They were amazingly built and put together.

We walked down a path and came to a huge cross monument.

The cross can be seen on the highway next to the park. It was HUGE. There’s a chilling story behind the cross, though. In June 2010, a girl was murdered under this cross. Which caused the theme park owners to crack down on trespassers going into Holy Land USA. It’s unfortunate that a life was lost in such a peaceful place; abandoned or not.

I had a lot of fun exploring Holy Land USA. It was truly a place to remember. I’m not a religious person but the place was beautiful and really peaceful. Though, the silence did freak the group (including me) out.

I hope to go again some time in the future. :)


An infamous part of Waterbury known nationwide: Holy Land USA. This was a cool experience and I had never had the balls to trespass until today. It’s cool to be a part of a city with a place as creepy and interesting as this run down theme park in it. I wish it wasn’t off limits so more people could come see it and I could have spent more time there without feeling like I was going to get busted any minute.