On our way to Asheville for a summer camping trip, we took a little detour through High Point, North Carolina to see the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers!
It was something we put on our Fort Bragg Bucket List when we first moved to North Carolina almost 3 years ago and we were excited to see it!
Why a Chest of Drawers?
High Point began manufacturing furniture in 1889. Due to it’s location near vast hardwood forests and a pivotal railroad junction, this city became a major center for the furniture industry in the South.
To this day, High Point is still known as the home furnishings capital of the world! So, it makes perfect sense that the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers would be in this city.
World’s Largest Chest of Drawers
In 1926, the Chamber of Commerce built the record-setting chest to serve as the city’s bureau of information *ba-dum-tuss*. It has also served as a furniture showroom, event venue, music studio, and storage space.
Initially, the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers had a wood stain exterior, but has since been remodeled and now sports a coat of gray paint.
There are two socks dangling from the chest’s middle drawer to symbolize the city’s hosiery industry.
Worth the Stop?
Is the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers worth the stop?
Umm…that depends on who you ask.
There’s nothing to do at the chest. There are no tours or entertainment. There aren’t even any snacks, ha!
It is just a photo op – a quirky, cool, totally Instagrammable photo opportunity.
I don’t believe that I would make a trip to High Point for the sole purpose of seeing the chest, but it was a neat little detour when we were passing through the area.
We took several pictures, marked it off our bucket list, and we were on our way!