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Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina
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Statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville, North Carolina

In the heart of downtown Thomasville, North Carolina, there is a statue of John Warwick Thomas, the town's founder. John Warwick Thomas (1800-1871) founded the town of Thomasville in 1852. The town, located in Davidson County, is noted for the role it played in the furniture industry (along with neighboring North Carolina towns High Point and Lexington). The famed Thomasville Furniture Industries began ...
Lions Club Lion Statue in Thomasville, North Carolina
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Lions Club Lion Statue in Thomasville, North Carolina

In Thomasville, North Carolina, just beside the World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair and Statue of John Warwick Thomas (the town's founder) is another site to check out: the Lions Club Lion Statue. Erected in the 1950s the lion advertises the local Lions Club chapter and when and where they meet. Lions Club is "the world's biggest service organization" and aims to empower volunteers to "serve their ...
World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
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World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina

Thomasville, North Carolina (founded by John Warwick Thomas) is well-known in the furniture industry. Home to the beginnings of Thomasville Furniture Industries, Standard Chair, Lambeth Furniture, Thompson Chair, and Queen Chair Company, it's no wonder people think Thomasville when they think furniture. In fact, Thomasville is often referred to as "Chair Town" or "Chair City" — but not necessarily ...
Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry
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Andy Griffith Statue in Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry

Outside of the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina — the town that inspired the fictional town of Mayberry there's a statue of two main characters from The Andy Griffith Show, (a popular television program that ran on CBS in the 1960s): Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) and Opie Taylor (Ron Howard). The bronze statue was donated by TV Land, a station known for it's nostalgic ...
Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith
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Mount Airy, North Carolina – Home of Mayberry and Andy Griffith

Mount Airy, North Carolina is the birthplace of actor Andy Griffith and is thought to have been the inspiration behind Mayberry, the fictional town made popular on his television show The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. The town celebrates its fame with signs, recreations of the show's sets, and cardboard cut outs of Mr. Griffith throughout the town. There's even a small Andy Griffith Museum & ...
Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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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 roadside attraction: the Big Coffee Pot in ...
Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Once upon a time, there were eight shell-shaped gas stations in North Carolina: seven in Winston-Salem and one in nearby Kernersville. Built in the 1930s by Quality Oil, a local distributor of Shell oil, these structures were meant to serve as hard-to-miss advertisements to entice customers to stop by. (I mean, wouldn't you choose to get your gas from a fun place like this over any old regular place? I sure ...
Giant Highboy Chest in Jamestown, North Carolina
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Giant Highboy Chest in Jamestown, North Carolina

Not too far from the world's largest chest of drawers in High Point is...another world's largest chest of drawers: the Giant Highboy Chest in Jamestown, North Carolina. Constructed in 1999, the impressive eighty-five foot tall by forty-foot wide dresser that makes up the facade to Furnitureland South in Jamestown, North Carolina is the World’s largest replica of an 18th century Highboy chest. The big ...
World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in High Point, North Carolina
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World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in High Point, North Carolina

We knew it was getting closer. The proliferation of furniture stores that were now surrounding us meant it had to be near. But we weren't looking for a place that sold furniture: we were looking for a place that was furniture. Finally, we saw it up ahead and pulled over into a lot across the street: the world's largest chest of drawers.

When planning my road trip through North ...
Virginia/North Carolina Road Trip: Day 9
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Virginia/North Carolina Road Trip: Day 9

Sunday we woke up early and I made the executive decision to cut my trip a day short. I allotted two days to get back but looking over my map I kept thinking I'd probably only end up a few hours from home anyways. So I decided to cut out a few things and just drive. And drive I did. I drove a little through Asheville and didn't see a thing I was looking for. I did have a man wish me safe travels at a ...

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