Logan, Ohio: Pencil Sharpener MuseumPaul Johnson collected 3,479 pencil sharpeners (no duplicates) and displayed them in a one-room building in his yard in Carbon Hill. He died July 2010; the building and collection are now displayed in the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center.
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We rushed in the door of the Welcome Center six minutes before closing time on a Sunday. The less-then-happy worker told us the museum was already locked up for the day, but when she realized how far we traveled she relented and got the key for us. This is definitely worth a stop. The little museum is housed out back of the tourist info center. Look sharp![Gloria Z, 04/08/2014]
This very small museum of ~3,400 unique pencil sharpeners has moved from its original location at the Johnson's home. After Paul died last year, his wife and family agreed to "loan" the museum to the Hocking Hills Tourism Association's Welcome Center in Logan so that many more folks could see it.
The interior shelves are newly painted and lit, but has the same layout as Paul intended. The variety is astounding. Almost anything you can imagine has been made into a pencil sharpener at some point, and there's a good chance you'll find it here![Hocking Hills Tourism Association, 05/11/2011]
Paul Johnson is still proudly showing his collection. At the end of our "tour," he took down a box of pencil sharpeners that were duplicates to his collection and offered each of us to take one as a souvenir. Recommend calling him a least a day before you intend to visit.[Frank Abbott, 08/30/2005]
Paul Johnson, 78, has collected 2,400 pencil sharpeners (not counting duplicates) -- antique and modern models in plastic, metal and glass. They are displayed in a one room building in his yard in Carbon Hill, about 50 miles southeast of Columbus. The museum is a retirement hobby of Paul's, so it doesn't have regular hours....[Roadside America Team, 08/03/2003]