Heritage USA was a Christian-themed amusement park opened in 1978 by televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. At its peak, it was the third-largest park in the USA behind Disney World and Disney Land, with almost 6 million visitors annually.
In the midst of massive expansion in the late 1980s, Heritage USA was rocked by two debilitating scandals. The organization had its tax-exempt status removed after Jim Bakker was indicted on various federal fraud charges. He would later be accused of sexual improprieties with an encounter with a church secretary. After the park was heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, it shut down for good shortly after.
Only a few remnants of the park are still visible today. The abandoned 21-story Heritage USA Hotel stands as an eerie and empty shell looming over the suburban landscape. The Upper Room Chapel was purchased sometime after the park’s closing and is maintained as a prayer room for a local ministry. The Heritage Grand Hotel is now the Heritage International Ministries Conference Center.