A small town in South Carolina is home to the eerie remnants of what was, in the mid-1980s, the third-most-popular theme park in the U.S. But unlike Disney World and Disneyland — the two most popular parks — Heritage USA was a Christian-themed attraction operated by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's PTL Ministry.
For a time, the park was wildly popular, drawing millions of visitors a year to its attractions, including a skating rink, a castle, an evangelism school, a theater for religious-themed shows, a chapel and a Disney-esque Main Street.
However, everything came crashing down due to scandals that were anything but pious. Jim Bakker was a swindler and sexual abuser who improperly used church funds and allegedly drugged and raped church secretary Jessica Hahn before trying to pay her off to keep quiet. He would end up going to jail not for the rape, but for the misuse of church funds.
Jerry Falwell took over the theme park, but it would never recover. And in perhaps a fitting end, it was officially closed after a hurricane severely damaged the property in 1989.