Waxhaw, North Carolina: Museum of the Alphabet

Not just our alphabet, but all alphabets of the world. Exhibits include a copy of the Rosetta Stone. Funded by a Bible translation organization headquartered across the street.
Address:
6409 Davis Rd, Waxhaw, NC
Directions:
Next to the Jaars-Townsend Airport. From Waxhaw drive south on Hwy 1111, following signs for the Alphabet Museum, the Mexico Museum, and the Jaars complex. After about two miles turn right onto Hwy 1117/Providence Rd, and then quickly right again onto Hwy 1113/David Rd. Follow the signs another couple of miles to 6409 Davis Rd. The Mexico Museum is next door and the Jaars complex is across the road.
Hours:
M-Sa 9 am-noon, 1 pm - 3:30 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
704-843-6066
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Museum of the Alphabet

The Museum of the Alphabet is a small but densely-packed building with descriptions of all the world's alphabets. Alphabetical and language exhibits include: ancient Egypt (stamp your name in Hieroglyphics!), Rome, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, Korea, the Arabic world and its derivatives, the Cherokee language and others. I only had a few minutes to walk through, but could have stayed for hours. Many of the displays are hand-painted, with great attention to detail. The Museum is operated by a Christian organization, but didn't seem to be dogmatic in the displays I saw.

[F.B. Radom, 05/03/2002]

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