Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

I don’t know about you, but I can’t function in the morning before I’ve had my daily cup of coffee. And, some days, I need more java than others. On those days, I make more than a few cups in my French Press, and keep them all for myself. Of course, even if I fill up a full pot at home, it would never measure up to the amount of brew you could find in this unique roadside attraction: the Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Big Coffee pot goes by several other names:

  • The Salem Pot
  • The Mickey Pot
  • The Mickey Coffee Pot
  • The Old Salem Coffee Pot
  • The Coffee Pot

Whatever you choose to call it, just don’t call it a tea kettle!

The big pot of coffee stands at seven feet, three inches tall and holds a whopping 740 gallons of Joe. That’s said to be 11,840 cups of coffee! (Or maybe you just need one giant cup!) That’s enough caffeine to keep even me going to see all the tourist attractions near Winston Salem NC!

Well, maybe.

Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The tin vessel is nicknamed the Mickey Pot after its creators, Julius and Sam Mickey, tinsmith brothers who constructed the attraction in 1858 to advertise their business on South Main Street.

It’s since been moved several times (first in 1959 when then Interstate 40 was constructed through the shop’s location and again in the 1960s when Old Salem Road was created and the roads were reconfigured) and now the local landmark is located at the restored Moravian Village of Old Salem, on the corner of Brookstown and Main Street.

Today the Winston Salem coffee pot is a proud symbol of the town and pleases locals and tourists alike. I just hope those tourists weren’t looking for a Starbucks.

You can learn more about the history of this hidden gem and North Carolina roadside attraction on the Wachovia Historical Society’s website.

Big Coffee Pot AKA Mickey Pot aka Salem Pot

Location: 401 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (located in Old Salem Moravian Village NC at the corner of Brookstown and Main Street)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.

Pin this North Carolina roadside attraction:

The Big Coffee Pot AKA Mickey Pot is an historic symbol of Old Salem, North Carolina. The North Carolina roadside attraction is over seven feet tall and holds 740 gallons. Add this to your list of road trip stops or North Carolina bucket list for summer travel with kids or a vacation in the mountains.
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Looking for more Winston-Salem tourist attractions? Check out the Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina nearby!

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