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  • American Museum of the House Cat

    American Museum of the House Cat

    Sylva, North Carolina

    America's largest private collection of cat stuff, opened on April 1, 2017. Small museum with a number of surprising oddities.

  • Judaculla Rock

    Judaculla Rock

    Cullowhee, North Carolina

    Cryptic carvings and symbols on a soapstone boulder. The largest petroglyph mass in the eastern U.S., and a classic vintage postcard image.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Belhaven Memorial Museum

    Belhaven Memorial Museum

    Belhaven, North Carolina

    The collection of Mrs. Eva Blount Way: junk, freaks in jars, and fleas in formal dress.

  • Pose with Indians - and Bill the Buffalo

    Pose with Indians - and Bill the Buffalo

    Cherokee, North Carolina

    Wouldn't it be great if you could dress up, stand beside the road, and have people pay you to stop to take your picture? The Indians of Cherokee have been doing it for decades.

  • World's Largest Chest of Drawers

    World's Largest Chest of Drawers

    High Point, North Carolina

    A building made to resemble a bedroom dresser, complete with giant socks hanging from its drawers.

  • Wheels Through Time

    Wheels Through Time

    Maggie Valley, North Carolina

    Puttering parade of motorcycle history as seen through the unusual collection of Dale Walksler.

  • World's Largest Ten Commandments

    World's Largest Ten Commandments

    Murphy, North Carolina

    In the Fields Of The Wood, which features Christian attractions built for a God's-eye view.

  • World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair

    World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair

    Thomasville, North Carolina

    Stylish 30-ft. tall Duncan Phyfe is a landmark for a furniture-proud town.

  • Marvin Johnson's Gourd Collection

    Marvin Johnson's Gourd Collection

    Angier, North Carolina

    Personal collection of all things gourd by the world's greatest gourd-lover. On display in town since his death.

  • Cherokee: Tourists and Indians

    Cherokee: Tourists and Indians

    Cherokee, North Carolina

    Pose for snapshots with real Indians and enjoy other vintage thrills in the time-warp town of Cherokee.

  • Indian Death Tiki of Awesomeness

    Indian Death Tiki of Awesomeness

    Maggie Valley, North Carolina

    Standing 16 feet tall, a wood-carved skeletal chief with fangs dispels the modern notion that looking at Indian skeletons is uncool.

  • Wally's Service Station and Mayberry Courthouse

    Wally's Service Station and Mayberry Courthouse

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

    Wally's, a 1937 gas station, is now a gift shop and photo op. Next door, the Mayberry Courthouse is a recreation of Sheriff Andy's official digs.

  • The Moon-Eyed People

    The Moon-Eyed People

    Murphy, North Carolina

    Discovered in the 1840s, hidden until 2015, a mysterious sculpture of two three-foot-tall creatures is unlike any other ancient artwork. Also here: strange dolls.

  • Stuffed Head of Firehorse Fred

    Stuffed Head of Firehorse Fred

    New Bern, North Carolina

    Fred pulled the New Bern fire hose wagon until 1925. His head is mounted in a glass case at the Fireman's Museum.

  • Shangri-La Stone Village

    Shangri-La Stone Village

    Prospect Hill, North Carolina

    A folk art miniature Shangri-La, built in his yard by retired tobacco farmer Henry L. Warren.

  • The Daily Planet: Giant Earth Lookalike

    The Daily Planet: Giant Earth Lookalike

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Giant replica globe appears to have come to rest against a building after rolling through Raleigh.

  • Hillside of Concrete Statues

    Hillside of Concrete Statues

    Slate Mountain, North Carolina

    Along a rural road, an unexpected army of concrete warriors, animals, and saviors crowd a hillside below a concrete statue factory.

  • Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson

    Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson

    Waxhaw, North Carolina

    Museum tries to be impartial about where President Andrew Jackson was born (North or South Carolina?) but really wants him to claim him as a North Carolinian.

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