Skip to Main Content

Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The Big Coffee Pot

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

Old Salem Moravian Village

Address:
Brookstown Ave, Winston-Salem, NC
Directions:
Old Salem Moravian Village. In Old Salem. I-40 exit 5D onto S. Liberty St. One block to Brookstown Ave. The coffee pot is on the left, on a grassy island, at the corner of Brookstown and Main St.
Save to My Sights
The Big Coffee Pot

A historic roadside symbol, older than any other big pot in America.

Roadsideamerica.com Report...

Visitor Tips and News About The Big Coffee Pot

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

The Mickey Pot.

The Big Coffee Pot

We stopped by the Coffee Pot this morning. It's off 52, in a neighborhood. It is surrounded by a beautiful flower bed. Sadly it does not have a sign to tell its story. The sign nearby speaks of the crossroads.

We love finding Roadside Coffee Pots, number 3 for us.

[EC, 08/30/2023]
Old Salem

Old Salem is a brick village from the 1700s. There's a Boys' and Girls' building, where everybody had to live and go to school separately, and a tavern for lunch/supper lit by candles only. All the streets are made of bricks; many of the village's houses have painted-on bricks, like fake wall art.

[Allison Shroff, 12/30/2018]

Old Salem is best known to Roadsiders as the home of the Big Coffee Pot.

The Big Coffee Pot

I grew up in W-S, and went to Old Salem on class trips multiple times. My favorite story about the pot is that a revolutionary soldier hid from the British in this pot. As I tried to look it up, it may have been Civil War and may just be rumor.

[AALemley, 07/26/2016]

Mickey Coffee Pot.

The Mickey Coffee Pot

The Mickey Coffee Pot was built in 1858 by two men (last name Mickey) as an advertisement for their tin shop. It has been relocated several times in Winston Salem to accommodate road construction and reduce the number of vehicles crashing into it.

[Jennifer, 04/23/2014]

Nearby Offbeat Places

First Krispy Kreme Doughnuts LocationFirst Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Location, Winston-Salem, NC - < 1 mi.
First Official July 4th CelebrationFirst Official July 4th Celebration, Winston-Salem, NC - < 1 mi.
Reynolds Building, Precursor to Empire State BuildingReynolds Building, Precursor to Empire State Building, Winston-Salem, NC - < 1 mi.
In the region:
World's Largest Highboy, Jamestown, NC - 20 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

North Carolina Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum, Gibsland, Louisiana (May 20-26, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings