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  • Mary's Gone Wild

    Mary's Gone Wild

    Supply, North Carolina

    Guided by visions from God, Mary Paulsen began creating folk art in her yard in 1996. Her various bottle houses, begun in 2008, have been built with 8,000 bottles.

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.

  • World's Largest Chest of Drawers

    World's Largest Chest of Drawers

    High Point, North Carolina

    Town landmark first built in 1926, now 38 feet tall, accessorized with two giant socks hanging from one drawer.

  • Wheels Through Time

    Wheels Through Time

    Maggie Valley, North Carolina

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

  • 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.

  • 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!"

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Giant Legs of Ricky Pearce

    Giant Legs of Ricky Pearce

    Henderson, North Carolina

    Ladies' legs, 40 feet long, spread suggestively. Made of concrete. You get up close by walking under an arch titled "Reminiscing."

  • World's Largest Highboy

    World's Largest Highboy

    Jamestown, North Carolina

    85 feet tall, built in 1998 by the same man who rebuilt High Point's giant chest of drawers. Makes us want to buy furniture.

  • Goon with a Top Hat

    Goon with a Top Hat

    Kenly, North Carolina

    Small mutant statue, identified as an orphaned Tastee Freez elf, that ended up nude and on the roof of an auto repair shop. Beloved icon now sports a body paint tuxedo.

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