Rose Hill, North Carolina: World's Largest Frying Pan

15 feet in diameter, weighs two tons, can cook 365 chickens at a time. Sheltered under its own special gazebo with a large sign and explanatory plaque.
Main St., Rose Hill, NC
I-40 exit 380. 3 miles west and turn right onto Hwy 117. Go about 1/4 mile and pan is on the right at the intersection of Hwy 117 and Main Street.
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World's Largest Frying Pan.

World's Largest Frying Pan

My husband and I were on our way back from the beach and decided to swing by a local winery. We saw a sign that declared, "World's Largest Frying Pan," and just had to go see. It sure would fry a lot of chicken! We were the only ones there. One sign said that the pan is used to cook food for a local fundraiser each year. That would be fun to see!

[Joy LaFrance-Phipps, 08/04/2015]
World's Largest Frying Pan

It may be kind of a dud, but the history is cool and there is a great winery down the road with free tastings. Duplin winery. Do the tasting first and the pan will seem better.

[Tammy, 04/05/2015]
World's Largest Frying Pan

What a disappointment! We went out of our way to see this thing on 2/1/2104 and were shocked by what we found: signs saying "Keep Off" and a big round contraption covered with boards. Apparently the World's Largest Frying Pan was closed! It certainly had no handle, but a large propane tank nearby and some holes with pipes going under the contraption suggested that it actually could be heated up to cook something. My husband, who had endured my talking about the World's Largest Frying Pan for several weeks in advance of our trip, thought this was hilarious. I was mortified. This isn't even worth the couple of miles off the beaten path. If they ever do fire the thing up, I hope they have a reeeeeally big chicken to fry....

[Martha, 02/09/2014]

Other travelers have warned of the heartbreak of Rose Hill. It's frustrating, we agree, that the most satisfying giant frying pans are those retired for display, not those that are still configured for cooking.

World's Largest Frying Pan.

World's Largest Frying Pan

It's an ok place I guess; we're stationed about 40 min from Rose Hill, my kids got a kick out of it! Maybe if they cooked more often in it, it would be cooler!

[Melly, 07/07/2013]

World's Largest Frying Pan.

World's Largest Frying Pan

I visited the World's Largest Frying Pan in Rose Hill for the first time in almost twelve years. The pan is still celebrated by the good people in town, and on display for all to see. On a random Saturday at a random time, three cars, including mine, parked to see the pan. It's much the same as last time, only the handle has been propped up in an angle closely resembling that of an actual frying pan.

[Greg Brown, 03/26/2013]

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