Brady C Jefcoat Museum – Murfreesboro, North Carolina - Atlas Obscura

Murfreesboro, North Carolina

Brady C Jefcoat Museum

A vast collection of everyday items amassed by one man.  

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Brady C. Jefcoat spent 35 years collecting everyday objects, with phonographs being among his favorites. As the story goes, the Smithsonian wanted to display the collection, however, Jefcoat decided to give the items to the Murfreesboro Historical Society. In their hands, he was assured the entire collection would be displayed.

The historical society then turned the old Murfreesboro High School into a museum, filling it with the collection. The attention given to these everyday items is astonishing. Each room in the museum has a theme, for example, one room is dedicated to washing machines. Then there are the lovely small collections housed in the hallways, such as a shelf filled with decorative tape measures. 

There are over 18,000 items on display at the museum including glassware, toasters, farm tools and equipment, period furniture, and many other items filling more than 17,000 square feet of display space. 

Know Before You Go

The museum is only open on the weekends. Tours are offered but call ahead to schedule. Hours of operation are: Saturday 11:00 a.m.- 4:00p.m and Sunday 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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