Elloree, South Carolina: Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

Over 5,000 teapots collected by Sybil and Julian Boland, exhibited in a large, blue tea kettle. Their Noah's Ark section displays Bible- and animal-themed teapots. New owner, Penny Garrett, in 2019.

Tea-rific Teapot Museum

Address:
2732 W. Cleveland St., Elloree, SC
Directions:
Downtown. behind Boland's Pharmacy, which is on the north side of W. Cleveland St./Hwy 47 between Main St. and the train tracks.
Hours:
Tu-F 11-4, Sa by appt. (Call to verify)
Phone:
803-983-3210
Admission:
Adults $6.
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Tea-rific Tea Museum

I called Mrs. Bland to see if she was still giving tours and she told me she donated the museum. She didn't have a number for the new owners, but she thought the museum would be re-opening to the public on March 16, 2019.

[Dawn Rykheart, 03/05/2019]
Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

Stopped by here. I knew you had to have an appointment to get in. Here are the numbers for Sybil Boland that we found posted on the door: 803-829-2944 or 803-707-2017. We will have to give her a call on another day to visit.

[D, 06/30/2016]

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot.

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

The couple traveled around the world as missionaries and collected these teapots. Each country's flag is on its display. The husband passed away only two years ago, two years after erecting the teapot structure and completing his vision. Very sweet story, amazing displays, and well worth the few minutes off the interstate! Call Sybil for an appointment -- she's sweet and will show you around!

[Kelly Smith, 03/12/2016]

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot.

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

We had the chance to visit this amazing collection of more than 3,000 teapots recently. It is no longer open regularly since Dr. Boland, the pharmacist who began the collection more than 40 years ago, died in September, 2014. His wonderful wife graciously drove the 30 minutes from their home to give us a personal tour after we called the number posted on the teapot's door. She'd prefer that folks make appointments farther ahead.

She recommended we have lunch at the Trackside Cafe just next door while we waited for her and we were glad we did -- perfect sweet iced tea and the best cheese grits we ever ate.

Mrs. Boland is a fun and knowledgeable tour guide, quipping that it's all her fault cause she bought the first one and her husband took it from there. The teapots are beautifully arranged by theme -- a "Hen House" for the chicken pots, an ark for other animals, a garden plot for the flower tea pots, etc. And many from around the world, since the Bolands were frequent travelers. Totally worth the quick side-trip to Elloree off the Interstate. If you are a camper, spend the night at Santee State Park, just 10 minutes away.

[Jane Brown, 12/09/2014]

Vegetable Garden display.

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

A 20-foot-long blue teapot houses the teapot collection of Julian and Sybil Boland, who run a pharmacy in the adjacent building. Officially named J's Tea-rific Teapot Museum, it opened in June 2012. The Boland collection reportedly numbers in the tens of thousands. One display in the museum resembles Noah's Ark, designed to hold Bible- and animal-themed teapots.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/12/2012]

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