Franklin, Indiana: Big John: Former World's Largest Rocking Chair

A furniture store went big with a towering chest of drawers and an equally scaled giant rocking chair. Store and drawers burnt in 2001, but the chair rocks on.

Long's Furniture World

4108 S. US Hwy 31, Franklin, IN
From Indianapolis take I-65 south to the Franklin exit. Follow Hwy 44 to US Hwy 31 and drive south, about eight miles, to the town of Amity. A couple of miles from the Amity sign is Long's Furniture World and the rocking chair on the right (just south of CR 400 S.).
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Big rocking chair.

Big John: Former World's Largest Rocking Chair

Easy access from the road. The parking lot and path to the chair is gravel -- be mindful if you value your vehicle's appearance.

[Chris, 06/13/2019]

Big chair.

World's Largest Rocking Chair - Big John

You can see this from the road. There were Christmas lights on the chair, so we were thinking it lights up at night. Bigger than you think until you stand next to it!

[Penny, 10/19/2016]

Big chair.

World's Largest Rocking Chair - Big John

It's SOOO tall!

[Paul Neal Sansom, 12/02/2012]

Our attractions database contains 15 large rocking chairs battling for drive-by attention, with several claiming "World's Largest" status of one type or another. Franklin's offers the one-two punch of a Big John AND a chest of drawers. Add a giant end table with a lamp and send the other rockers home in shame!

Rocking chair.

World's Largest Rocking Chair - Big John

Big John really is big! This is probably one of the largest roadside attractions I've encountered. The big chest used as an entrance to the furniture store is an added plus! Picnic tables flank the chair, acknowledging its special significance.

[Kait, 06/10/2012]
Giant Rocking Chair and Dresser

Someone reported the giant furniture at Long's Furniture World gone in July '09. I drove past them today and happily report that the store is still there and open, and Big John and the giant dresser is still there!

[lbrown, 10/20/2009]

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