Ellerbe, North Carolina: Andre the Giant Exhibit

Star of Wrestlemania and The Princess Bride, Andre the Giant spent his retirement as a cattle rancher just north of Ellerbe. He died in 1993; local museum displays his wrestling outfits and jewelry, and a pair of his size 26 red boots.

Rankin Museum of American Heritage

Address:
131 Church St., Ellerbe, NC
Directions:
Rankin Museum of American Heritage. Downtown. From US Hwy 220/Main St. turn west at the gas station onto Chrush St. Drive one block. The museum is on the left, at the corner of Church and 2nd Sts.
Hours:
M-Tu, Th-Sa 9-5, Su 2-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
910-652-6378
Admission:
Adults $4.
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Andre the Giant Exhibit.

Andre the Giant Exhibit

The Andre the Giant exhibit is a small part of this local history museum, which has a fair collection of taxidermy. There isn't much else in town.

[Mary Ann, 02/09/2016]

The Rankin Museum was named for the town doctor and built to display his extensive collections of dead animals and anthropological artifacts -- including a couple of shrunken heads. He was named "North Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year" in 1983, and opened his museum in 1984. Andre the Giant stood over seven feet tall and weighed 560 pounds in his prime. He moved to Ellerbe in 1979, and when he died his ashes were scattered over his nearby ranch.

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