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 Company, 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 because of its famous shops. More so, because it is home to the World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair.

World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina

The World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair, sometimes called simply the “Big Chair,” is a 30-foot replica of an original design by the famous American designer Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854, one of nineteenth-century America’s leading cabinetmakers).  Duncan Phyfe chair designs were known for their classical look and straight lines carved in rich hard woods like mahogany and walnut.

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The North Carolina roadside attraction that stands today is actually the second incarnation of the Thomasville big chair. The first was built by Thomasville Chair Company (Thomasville Furniture Industries) in 1922 and was made from umber and Swiss steer. That chair was taken down in 1936, a victim to the elements that degraded the structure over time. The Thomasville Duncan Phyfe chair that sits on downtown Main Street now was constructed out of concrete and steel and has been on display in 1951.

The North Carolina chair, as it stands today, may not be the biggest chair in the world, but it’s quite impressive all the same. And, it’s a quite famous seat! In 1960, Presidential candidate Lyndon B. Johnson sat on the chair and greeted citizens on his whistle campaign trail.

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Looking to stop at more big furniture on your North Carolina road trip? Check out the world’s largest chest of drawers in Highpoint and the giant highboy chest in Jamestown.

World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina
World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair in Thomasville, North Carolina

The World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair

Location: 6 W Main St, Thomasville, NC 27360, Downtown on Main St.
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See

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Thomasville, North Carolina is known as “Chair Town” or “Chair City” because it is home to the Big Chair – the World’s Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair. Add this weird roadside attraction to your North Carolina road trip itinerary and travel bucket lists and come sit and stay a while while reading your NC travel guide.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.