Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Big Coffee Pot AKA Mickey Pot - Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (located in Old Salem Moravian Village at the corner of Brookstown and Main Street)

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t function in the morning before I’ve had my daily cup of coffee. And, some days, I need more java than others. On those days, I make more than a few cups in my French Press, and keep them all for myself. Of course, even if I fill up a full pot at home, it would never measure up to the amount of brew you could find in this roadside attraction: the Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Big Coffee pot, also known as the “Salem Pot” or “Mickey Pot,” stands at seven feet, three inches tall and holds a whopping 740 gallons of Joe. That’s said to be 11,840 cups of coffee! That’s enough caffeine to keep even me going all day! Well, maybe.

Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The tin vessel is nicknamed the Mickey Pot after its creators, Julius and Sam Mickey, tinsmith brothers who constructed the attraction in 1858 to advertise their business on South Main Street.

It’s since been moved several times (first in 1959 when then Interstate 40 was constructed through the shop’s location and again in the 1960s when Old Salem Road was created and the roads were reconfigured) and now makes its home in the restored Moravian Village of Old Salem, on the corner of Brookstown and Main Street.

Today the Mickey Pot is a proud symbol of the town and pleases locals and tourists alike. I just hope those tourists weren’t looking for a Starbucks.

You can learn more about the history of the big coffee pot on the Wachovia Historical Society’s website.

Site: Big Coffee Pot AKA Mickey Pot aka Salem Pot
Location: Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (located in Old Salem Moravian Village at the corner of Brookstown and Main Street)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.

 

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