The Brady C. Jefcoat Museum, Murfreesboro, North Carolina
His name, Brady C. Jefcoat, is certainly an unusual name. At least to me, I’ve never heard the name Jefcoat. But I doubt I’ll forget it. The man seems to have been as unusual as his name. He was a collector of collections. His museum, which was the former Murfreesboro High School, built in 1922, houses his Collection collection. It seems whatever he found to be interesting, he set out to collect as many different ones of that item as could be found, to tell the story of its development. Depending on how many things one finds interesting, it could take four hours to see all his collected collections. Everyone has probably seen salt and pepper shakers in collections, or antique carnival glass, stamps. I’ve even seen wonderful collections of cookie jars. But, this is the first time I’ve seen a collection of toasters. From the first toaster that sat next to the coals, to the first ones with electric cords, and in designs I could never have imagined. How about washing machines? Ever seen a collection of wooden washing machines and about a million irons? Electric sweepers? Taxidermy, fish and animals with antlers, game birds. Daisy air rifles. Radios. Record players. Canes. A collection of portable seats, such as one sees at golf tournaments, dating back to 1800s. Commodes. Music boxes. A collection of ice cream makers is in the room with collections of everything in the dairy industry, from the very first milking machine to a home pasteurizer. I would never have imagined anyone collecting hanging foyer lights. If it was ever made, built or patented, it’s in a Jefcoat Collection portraying the nation’s culture and industry from 1850-1950. You must see it to believe it. High Street, Murfreesboro, NC, Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 2-5. There is a docent on hand. You can arrange group tours. For information and reservation call 252-398-5922. You really need to see this place.
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Deanna lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. She belongs to a local bookclub, SCBWI, Catholic Writers Guild, ACFW, NCWN and other writing groups.