Murfreesboro, North Carolina: Jefcoat Museum of Americana

A collection of collections by Brady Jefcoat, a man who evidently could not throw anything away.
Address:
High St., Murfreesboro, NC
Directions:
From VA Beach, take 64 East, toward Suffolk. Route 58 West, to 258 South. In Murfreesboro, take right on 158 (East Main St.), then about 1/2 mile, left on Union St (sign for Chowan University), then right on West High St., museum on left, old high school building.
Hours:
Sa 11 am - 4 pm, Su 2-5 pm, or by appt. (Call to verify)
Phone:
252-398-5922
Admission:
$5.
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Jefcoat Museum of Americana

It's not your typical museum, very unusual. Mr. Brady Jefcoat collected anything that tickled his fancy, and then he collected all types of that item. I was told it takes 3 hours to go through -- at first, we were like "Yea, right, 15 minutes and I'm outa here." We were wrong.

He has the largest collection of phonographs/victrolas around, also music boxes, toasters, pipes/cigar making items, bedpans, toilets, bathtubs, tape meastures, office suppies, guns, and washing machines/boards. Have to see to believe. I've been in a lot of museums, and this one is one of my tops. It is guided tour $8/person; and you can't wander freely due to the many items that could be stolen. So plan accordingly and give yourself at least 3 hours to go through. Talk about a trip down memory lane!

When there is an event taking place on the grounds, like the Pork Festival, we were able to just wander about, as there was a host in each room to tell about the items. Looking forward to the Watermelon Festival in August.

Takes about 1-1/2 hours to drive there from west end of Virginia Beach.

[SphinxRB, 06/13/2012]
Brady Jefcoat in his workshop. Jefcoat Museum of Americana

A huge collection of collections. Housed in the 3 stories of the old Murfreesboro High School are the collections of Mr. Brady C. Jefcoat. This man spent a lifetime collecting different things. Old jukeboxes, Victrolas (windup and electric), old household appliances like butter churns, cheese making molds. He even has a collection of church collection plates, mousetraps of every style and chimes for radio announcements. It is operated by Murfreesboro Historical Association and open on weekends.

[Hal Thomas, 06/25/2003]

January 2007 - Ric Carter sent this photo of Mr. Jefcoat in his shop at home.

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