America the Strange: North Carolina’s Strangest Attractions
North Carolina is a state that is growing fast, and the roadside attractions on offer here are following suite and multiplying as well. With this increase in numbers comes more attractions contesting for the title of “World’s Biggest”, while come are just content to remain just plain strange.
So come along for the ride as we uncover some of the biggest and strangest things on offer in the great state of North Carolina.
1. World’s Largest Chest of Drawers: High Point, North Carolina
High Point has taken the lead in the “world’s biggest furniture” battle, boasting two giant chests of drawers. The largest of these stands at an impressive 80-foot tall, dwarfing its little sister on the other side of town, which comes complete with socks and all.
2. World’s Largest 10 Commandments: Murphy, North Carolina
Never before has the presence of God felt so big than at North Carolina’s World’s Largest 10 Commandments.
This 300-foot tableau rests on the side of a mountain in one of the state’s most obscure western corners, and is accompanied by a Prayer Mountain and a replica tomb of Jesus, from which you can roll the stone away, literally.
3. Shell Shaped Gas Station: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Winston-Salem’s shell-shaped gas station is the last of its kind and stands proud on the roadside just a little north of Interstate 40.
This clamshell structure has been preserved and given a whole new burst of life with a fresh coat of paint making it the ideal background for a tourist photograph.
4. World’s Oldest Coffee Pot: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Coffee is something very close to the hearts of many Americans so it should come as no surprise that many towns across the states have put these feelings into large tin structures.
Old Salem is home to the oldest of these, boasting a shiny metal vessel that has been standing proud since 1860. Pose for a photo with the 12-foot shiny metal structure, if only to prove you’ve been to the world’s oldest coffee pot.
5. Belhaven Memorial Museum: Belhaven, North Carolina
If the sight of some of the things in this museum isn’t enough to make you sick to the stomach, you may very well have a stomach of steel!
The Belhaven Memorial Museum houses the knick knacks of a 92 year old woman who didn’t have the heart to throw anything away. And when we say, anything, we mean EVRYTHING.
From one-eyed fetal pigs and two-headed kittens, to stuffed snakes and 30-year-old jars of chicken fat, this museum gives a whole new meaning to the word wacky!
Been to North Carolina lately and discovered any other strange things. Let us know about them in the comments below.