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  • Andy Griffith Museum

    Andy Griffith Museum

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

    See Andy's sheriff shirt and badge, Goober's beanie (bronzed) -- and a lot of Andy Griffith relics that have nothing to do with Mayberry. He was a Hollywood actor, not a small town sheriff.

  • Andy and Opie Statues

    Andy and Opie Statues

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

    Sheriff Andy Taylor and his barefoot son Opie, on their way to the Mayberry fishin' hole -- an aw-shucks moment frozen in bronze from the 1960s TV series The Andy Griffth Show.

  • Chang and Eng, Famous Siamese Twins

    Chang and Eng, Famous Siamese Twins

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins, later settled in Mount Airy, where they farmed tobacco, owned slaves, and fathered 22 children.

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.

  • Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

    Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

    Wilson, North Carolina

    Public park features 30 giant restored whirligigs, folk art of the late Vollis Simpson, who built them in nearby Lucama. Some are 60 feet high.

  • 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.

  • The Bostic Lincoln

    The Bostic Lincoln

    Bostic, North Carolina

    Was Abraham Lincoln really the illegitimate child of a North Carolina servant girl? This attraction says, "Yes!"

  • Clyde Jones' Critter Crossing

    Clyde Jones' Critter Crossing

    Bynum, North Carolina

    Folk artist Clyde Jones used a chainsaw to carve "critters" out of log remnants and stumps.

  • Billy Graham Library: Talking Robot Cow

    Billy Graham Library: Talking Robot Cow

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Airlock doors and omnipresent guides offer opportunities to be saved. Also: a talking robot cow and a $5 check from Richard Nixon.

  • 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.

  • Wilderness Taxidermy and Wildlife Museum

    Wilderness Taxidermy and Wildlife Museum

    Franklin, North Carolina

    A rare look at the kill shot reality of wildlife management. Probably not for those who dream of hugging wild animals.

  • Ruby City Museum

    Ruby City Museum

    Franklin, North Carolina

    Exhibits include the World's Largest Sapphire (385 pounds), plus human skulls and a shrunken head from somewhere.

  • 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.

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