Long's Furniture World - "Home of the World's Largest Rocking Chair"

Big John at Long’s Furniture World – Former World’s Largest Rocking Chair

Home » Roadside Attractions Blog » Indiana » Big John at Long’s Furniture World – Former World’s Largest Rocking Chair

When it comes to roadside attractions, there was a time when anyone could proclaim anything as the world’s largest of its kind: world’s largest pecan, world’s largest cow, world’s largest rocking chair, and so on. Similar giant things would pop up around the country, each proclaiming the title as their own.

But, in reality, only one could actually retain the title and there were two major factors that brought this to light: the Guinness Book of World Records and the internet.

The internet made it easy for anyone to find information about roadside attractions in America and on their road trip route. It also made it easier to compare notes and gather whether the world’s largest pecan is the 5’x2.5′ version in Seguin, Texas or the 7’x12′ version in Brunswick, Missouri.

And the Guinness Book of World Records made things official. Since the 1950s the organizations has been recording great feats, serving as the authority on the true roadside giants.

Big John at Long's Furniture World - "Home of the World's Largest Rocking Chair"

Big John, the “world’s largest rocking chair” was built in 2004 and sits outside of Long’s Furniture World in Franklin, Indiana (Amity). The wooden piece of furniture stands at 32 feet tall and was named after JD Long who owned the business until 2007. A sign onsite and their website claims that the Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the “largest chair of it’s kind.”

Big John at Long's Furniture World - "Home of the World's Largest Rocking Chair"

And that might have been true when this giant chair was built in 2004. But, since then, it’s been trumped several times over. In 2008 the record was broken when a new World’s Largest Rocking Chair was built in Fanning, Missouri. That chair had a good ten feet on this one, at 42 feet, 4 inches tall. But then, in 2015, a 56.5 foot tall rocker was constructed in Casey, Illinois, blowing this and all other chairs out of its way.

Big John at Long's Furniture World - "Home of the World's Largest Rocking Chair"

So, the giant wooden rocking chair in Franklin, Indiana might not actually be the world’s largest rocking chair. But this, along with it’s accompanying big dresser, is still a fun stop on an Indiana road trip and are great Indiana roadside attractions.

Giant dresser at Long's Furniture World - Large Dresser

Big John: Former World’s Largest Rocking Chair

Address: Long’s Furniture World, 4108 S. US Hwy 31, Franklin, IN
Hours: Store hours vary, chair is always visible
Cost: Free to See


Pin this Indiana roadside attraction:

Big John, the "world's largest rocking chair" sits outside of Long’s Furniture World in Franklin, Indiana (Amity). But it's no longer the biggest rocker. Check out this Indiana roadside attraction on an Indiana road trip. Add it to your list of places to visit and things to do and make sure it makes your bucket list!
#IndianaRoadsideAttractions #IndianaRoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions  #RoadTrip #IndianaRoadTrip #PlacesToVisitInIndiana #IndianaTravel #ThingsToDoInIndiana
Big John, the “world’s largest rocking chair” sits outside of Long’s Furniture World in Franklin, Indiana (Amity). But it’s no longer the biggest rocker. Check out this Indiana roadside attraction on an Indiana road trip. Add it to your list of places to visit and things to do and make sure it makes your bucket list!
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

View stories
0
0
0