Julian and Sybil Boland, of the delightful little town of Elloree, South Carolina, have been collecting teapots for over 20 years. In the world of collecting, that's not really a very long time, but the Boland's have traveled throughout the world and, according to them, their collection numbers in the tens of thousands.
The Boland's run the local pharmacy in Elloree. I visited with them many years ago and saw some of their teapots which, at that time, were displayed in their shop.
It had been a dream of Julian and Sybil to one day open a museum to house their teapot collection, and that dream came true on June 9 of this year when J's Tea-rific Teapot Museum opened its doors.
If you've never been inside a teapot before (show of hands, please) you can cross it off your Bucket List by visiting the
museum entrance to the museum - it's located within a 20-foot long blue one directly behind the pharmacy. Entry is free. Open hours are Wed-Fri, and other times by appointment. (Elloree is about an hour's drive from Charleston.)
Thanks to my back-home-blogging-buddy Joan (below) of Charleston Daily Photo for the information and allowing me to share her teapot museum pictures.
(Joan, there's no free tea in there.)