Dr. Pete Stimpson wanted to be a marine biologist when he was younger, but he became a doctor instead.
The interest never quite left him, as he began to collect shells after a trip to Tahiti in 1988.
Dr. Stimpson collects shells of each size, shape and color, and his collection has grown so large that it has outgrown his basement.
"We thought it would be nice to have a museum," said Stimpson. "It would be nice for the kids, schools and tourism."
Dr. Stimpson teamed up with many people in Loudon to turn that vision into a reality.
They're setting up a museum at the recently renovated high school to set up cases of these sand-washed wonders.
When it's complete, it will be the largest seashell museum in the country.
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