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Take an adventure rich in Americana! Americana by definition means; materials concerning or characteristics of America, its civilization, its culture and things typical of America. That doesn't sound interesting to you? Prepare to be proven wrong! Mr. Jefcoat started his collection over 35 years ago and with a lifetime of vigor had built an amazing collection from all corners of our country. Museum officials from around the world have visited the Brady Jefcoat in hopes of obtaining pieces from his collection. However, he wished to keep his collectibles together for others to enjoy. Historic Murfreesboro is indeed fortunate to have received the donation of this extensive collection of Americana.
Our Hidden Treasure...
"The Jefcoat Museum
By Columnist: Tim Flanagan
I saw washing machines from way back that made you realize how inventive the American spirit really is. One of the coolest ones was a dog driven machine. It wasn't a fluke either. There was a full line of them, and it was actually a prestige thing to have someone over and show them your new washer and the dog powering it. I saw what I refer to as the animal room, it contains decades of master taxidermy depicting hundreds of animals, fish and birds indigenous to our country. Loved the room. It was super cool, and the way it was laid out with the windows behind some of the display it made it very realistic and almost animated.
If you like, love or just respect guns then this is the room for you. Weaponry including pistols, rifles and rare shortly lived weapon inventions as well. Awesome display that filled a very large room. Nostalgia of all kinds was everywhere...records of all kinds and from all eras including rare Victrolas and amazing recording devices similar to paper braille that were the cornerstone of modern recording. A gorgeous brass harp from England. Toilets to weird to believe! Wrinkle your nose at the prospect of using an out house? You should see the smartest to the craziest sinks, toilets and bath tubs you've ever saw.
If truly beautiful antique furniture is your gig, then you will love the bed room, dining room and parlor displays full of historic treasures and some famous such as the stunning red couch from "Gone with the Wind"! There were kitchens that made the "Honeymooner's" kitchen a dream. We could have spent hours in the music and nostalgia area. I saw records that I have not seen since my teens. The funny thing is, that no matter how old you are right now you can say the same thing...I have not seen that record since I was a teen! Why...because the Jefcoat has records, albums, 45s, posters and just about everything from every era. Even the RKO dog was on hand to greet us as we came in.
Other display rooms includes a Smithy Shop, historic farm tools, butter churns, bicycles, saws, an antique auto repair shop, tool shop and a very cool cobbler shop! Authentic and very interesting as you learn hands on if needed about artisan trades and it's progression through America's timeline.
Just about any trivial item from our past is symmetrically displayed for our amusement and education. Toasters, postage machines, lamps, salesman props, hats, drapes, salt and pepper shakers, Americana plates and dishes. Cigar boxes, magazines, inventions, irons, organs, violins and the list goes on and on...hallways full of interesting what nots, short lived ideas and staples from our history.
As you read this article and you see the pictures on this page don't be fooled! The Jefcoat Museum is a massive and wonderfully laid out museum with rooms and catacombs not pictured here, heck we have not even scratched the surface of this "hidden treasure" located in cozy historic Murfreesboro North Carolina. Anybody planning on a trip to the Jefcoat will not be disappointed.
I could probably write a book on the Jefcoat Museum, the man who's collection it displays and the history of our nation within, but of course this is not a book. Plus it's better to come see for yourself and have your own experience. Sometimes something is as simple as black and white...however in this case every individual that visits the Museum will have a different experience based on one's own life and perspective.
From the beauty and workmanship displayed, to the old and rusty, to the ingenious and innovative, and to the weird and why did they invent that? There is something for all ages to admire and enjoy at the Jefcoat! You can always check out the Jefcoat Museum at...