What happens when Sweetums and I are visiting North Carolina and we find a listing of quirky locales that includes the Cup House of Collettsville? We go there, of course. Post haste.
It was way off the beaten path but if you’re going to go out of your way for something, it may as well be a house covered in coffee mugs, am I right? Plus, the scenery leading to the house was beautiful. There was no GPS on the dirt mountain road but we followed directions we found in an Atlas Obscura article and went straight to it. On the property were a modest home and a second small building – all covered with coffee mugs hung on small nails. The fence was also covered. The cup house was everything I hoped it would be but Sweetums said he thought it was creepy.
The home was the project of Avery and Doris Sisk. According to Atlas Obscura, the collection began when Avery bought a box-lot of 15 mugs and decided to display them on the home. That was 15 years ago. Since then, hundreds of mugs have been added, both by the Sisks and by people who come to see the house. Avery welcomes people to leave mugs … if they can find a nail.
The Sisks weren’t home when we went but another car stopped and a family piled out to take photos.
Here are the directions from Atlas Obscura: Follow NC highway 90 north/west out of Collettsville for about half a mile and turn left onto Old Johns River Road. Follow for about 2.5 miles to a gravel road on the right. Follow the gravel road all the way to the end.