Gilmer resident Larry W. Osborne has taken memorabilia from his many travels and created a literary museum. The two-room structure s filled to capacity with his forty-year effort of colllected memorabilia pertaining to American Presidents, British Royalty, American and British authors and characters.
Visitors to the museum first receive an audio tour pointing out some of the special collectibles. The fifteen-minute CD tour begins by highlighting the special keepsakes in the American Presidents and British Royalty room in the museum.After the audio tour, visitors receive Mr. Osborne's invitation to tour his home and view additional collectibles. His collection started when a favorite teacher gave him her items of a Royal Doulton china plate depicting William Shakespeare and his plays, purchased in the early sixties at a gift shop in Stratford, England; twenty-nine hand painted wooden cut-outs of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims, purchased in the early fifties at the Pilgrim's Bookshop in Canterbury, England; and a Royal Doulton William Shakespeare mug, purchased in the late sixties at a shop in Stratford-on-the-Avon.
Other items on display are: original manuscripts, colorful literary candles depicting Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims; wall hangings depicting American and British authors; busts of famous American and British writers, framed pictures of the British Royal Family; mugs, plates, cups, saucers, tiles, bookmarks, and buttons representing American and British authors; dolls of characters from literature, British and American writers, British Royalty and American Presidents.
Literary Museum in Gilmer
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