Opelika Clock Shop and Museum

John Hendricks first noticed the Opelika Gingerbread house in a newspaper article back in the 1970s. He made a comment to his wife that someone should buy it. He put that article away next to his bed stand and forgot about it.

Fast forward 20 years later, Hendricks was looking for a place to open a clock museum and by God’s grace, he drove by the old Gingerbread House on S. 9th St. in Downtown Opelika and has owned it since then.

The Gingerbread House was built in 1865, right at the end of the Civil War.

The house was built with long leaf yellow pine and there won’t be another house in the United States built with this type of wood.

Only three houses left in the United States built with this type of wood. One in Upstate New York, Colorado and this one in Opelika.

The Gingerbread House is recognized as a historic building and listed on the Library of Congress’ website.

Hendricks opened the clock shop in the early 2000s and was just 14 years old when he started working on clocks.

He has about 400 clocks in his museum dating back all the way to the 1700s.

For more information or to book a tour of the clock museum visit: http://www.oldtimersandchimers.com/

For more information on the history of the Gingerbread House visit: https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.al1310.sheet?st=gallery

 

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