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he northeast Oklahoma town of Clare- more has been home to many colorful and notable Oklahomans, and makes for a fun roadtrip destination. Will Rogers, Patti Page and playwright Lynn Riggs are just a few of the famous personalities who hail from Claremore. Several of them have left their stamp on the area in terms of memorable attractions. One of the most popular examples is the Will Rogers Memorial. This 12-gallery museum show- cases art and artifacts pertaining to the life of Will Rogers. Displays tell the story of The Cherokee Kid’s family life, Hollywood accomplishments and strong, Oklahoma-grown morals. A children’s area is also fun for little cowboys and cowgirls, plus clas- sic movies starring Will Rogers play daily. The site of the museum was acquired by Rogers to build a retirement home and sits on a lush hill overlook- ing the town of Claremore. The grounds contain the tomb of Will Rogers chiseled with his famous quotation: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Nearby, the JM Davis Arms and Historical Muse- um is the world’s largest privately owned museum. It houses over 50,000 unique items including fi re- arms, swords and knives. The museum offers free admission to see their “Believe It Or Not Oddities Gallery,” a gallery of outlaw guns, Native Ameri- can artifacts, Western memorabilia, antique music

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boxes, musical instruments, and 1,200 steins from all over the world. Other features in- clude an extensive fi rearms research library as well as a well-stocked gift shop. The small- est commercially produced handgun in the world is one of the more memorable displays for visitors. Claremore is full of fun attractions, plus it offers unique shops to get a jump on holi- day shopping. The Route 66 Nut House is a must-see stop for several reasons. Housed in a rustic log cabin made from real pecan logs, the Nut House offers a variety of pecans, nuts and Oklahoma-made products. They special- ize in homemade fudge, jams and jellies, in addition to a nice selection of souvenirs, and unique gifts. There is plenty of room to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Ample parking and clean restroom facilities are on site. Shop, stretch, or spend some time in their rocking chairs. It’s a house rule that you have to sample their homemade fudge, so be prepared for a sweet treat!

Also near Claremore, Shepherd’s Cross, a work- ing sheep farm, offers a beautiful setting to relax and explore, plus pick up some specialty gifts made on-site. This scenic retreat features 80 acres of rolling hills, pasture and treed land, as well as a healthy dose of English countryside fl air. The his- toric 1920s farm home and red gambrel roof barn

give a true taste of historic American farm country. The extensive Bible gardens and sheep gracing the pastures make for a picturesque day in the country. There is a picnic area and Shepherd’s Shop, a spe- cialty gift shop featuring many wooly and sheep- related crafts and gifts. Shepherd’s Cross also gives hayrides. A small concession stand is available and the property is handicap accessible. Tours and groups must book in advance, so call ahead if you plan to visit.

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