The World’s Largest Pencil Sharpener Collection

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Hocking Hills provides more than a variety of recreational opportunities in a impressive natural setting. It is also a great place for random adventures, including visits to quirky museums. Among the most odd places I visited in Hocking Hills and surrounding area include: Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum and Columbus Washboard Company.

The Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum is said to be the largest collection of pencil sharpeners in the world. Sporting over 3400 pencil sharpeners! Following Paul’s death in 2010, his wife Charlotte Johnson donated his interesting collection, along with the shed in which he housed it, to the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center.  While out-of-towners do make the Pencil Sharpener Museum their destination point, I would only suggest visiting the museum if you’re in the area. After all, it’s always kind of cool to see the largest collection of anything!

Largest Pencil Sharpener Collection

If witnessing the largest collection of pencil sharpeners isn’t random enough, I also visited the Columbus Washboard Company where I saw the world’s largest washboard. You could wash a king size mattress…or a tractor trailer (although that could cause some damage) on this thing!

Largest Washboard in the World

To end my stay off right in Hocking Hills, I got to check another first off of my list of things to do in this lifetime. I have officially made my own candle. It’s a huge accomplishment for me.  Okay, not really, but I have always wanted to do it.

Now, enough of this chit-chat. Check out the third video installment of Adventures in Hocking Hills.

The adventure doesn’t stop here! Don’t forget to check out the first and second video of Adventures in Hocking Hills as well as my article on the “Top 5 Things to Do in Hocking Hills.”



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  1. Rose Jacobson
    January 15, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    I feel like I have just gone on a tour of Hocking Hills right here out of my own living room. It was most enjoyable and interesting. Thank you Kristen. Look for to more.

    Rose J

    • kristenj
      January 16, 2013 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the videos. Hocking Hills is a great place. Much more worldly adventures coming your way.