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Big Pencil

146 West Main St, Wytheville, Virginia 24382 USA

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“at Wytheville Office Supply”

For almost 50 years, visitors have made it a "point" to see Wytheville's Main Street landmark. The late John Campbell Findlay (the original owner of Wytheville Office Supply) had the "Big Pencil" constructed in the early 60's. Made of metal, it is approximately 30 feet long. Over the years it has had a number of facelifts to keep it in pristine condition. Recently, in the Washington Post the syndicated comic strip "Zippy" by Bill Griffith, featured the "Big Pencil". Ty and Wayne Roop purchased Wytheville Office Supply in 1972 and have developed it into a large, multi-state outlet for everything from office supplies and office furniture to copiers. Ty is the daughter of the original founder, Campbell Findlay.

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Reviewed by
orangeOBSESSED

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 6, 2014
Rated 3.0

What a great photo op! The town is small and cute! It is definitely worth getting off of I-81 to go through here. Also, the plus side is that if you continue on highway 11, you will be able to easily get back on the interstate. Enjoy!

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Reviewed by
giloria

  • 8 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

Cool quick stop. The town is very cute too.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
RoxieJeeps

  • 19 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
August 20, 2014
Rated 3.0

Would have been cooler if it was on the ground. The bottom of it is above the door...

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jennifer.shea.520

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 16, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great photo op with the kids! Cute little town.

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Reviewed by
colestewart

  • 2 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 4, 2014

We stopped in Wytheville on Saturday night and stayed at the HIE. It is new and nice. We went to church at the Wytheville church of Christ near the high school. Fun friendly people. We showed up on potluck day, woot woot. We stumble across the big pencil. It was really cool. Definitely a great photo opp.

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Reviewed by
shhswimmer

  • 16 Reviews
  • 20 Helpful
June 17, 2014

Good for a quick stop and to take some funny pictures.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rachelclayton95

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 22, 2014

The Main Street is very quaint. The Big Pencil is really big, good for photo ops. A fast stop.

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Reviewed by
jean.fang.56

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
February 6, 2014

Overall it was an okay stop. The pencil itself wasn't incredible, but I enjoyed the dual pencil/paint can combo from down the street. Convenient parking, BoA nearby, as well as a convenience store to stock up on other roadtrip needs.

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Reviewed by
lisamilanodonofrio

  • 6 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 2, 2017
Rated 4.0

Cute photo op and worth getting off 81. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone and get a DELICIOUS hot dog at Skeeters right up the street. It's like walking back in time.

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June 13, 2017
Rated 5.0

We are on a quest to get as many pictures with "big" things as we can. This was one of our favorites! Such a cute town too. Be sure to stop and have a hot dog at Skeeters just up the street.

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Big Pencil

146 West Main St
Wytheville, Virginia
24382 USA

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