Georgia’s newest museum
Are you familiar with the old Ford Dealership in Toccoa, GA on the corner of Currahee and Big A Rd?
If you are you may be surprised to find out what’s hidden inside. The old Ford dealership actually started life as a Chrysler dealership in the 40’s. In between being automotive dealerships the building once served as a tire shop as well. For locals, it’s a really neat experience to walk into the newly remodeled building.
Where there were once offices and walls there is now an open concept of about 10,000 square feet. What remains are the huge wooden beams, black and white checkered floor and wood ceiling. There is one office left which has been completely updated and covered in barn wood as has the outsides of the restrooms. Accents of corrugated metal and mirrors also give the building’s interior a great vintage look.
Besides the updated interior and freshly painted exterior, the building received a brand new roof, built over the existing roof. This served multiple purposes. One, it saved the exposed wood on the inside. Two it prevented any potential leaks and three, it’s much better insulated. In fact, the entire building was upgraded with all energy efficient fixtures, from the new HVAC to the LED lights. They even had Jaymarz tinted the windows to prevent any harmful UV rays coming into the building. Plus the additional 2 Big Ass Fans, yes that is the name of the company, think donkey. Each fan is equivalent to 44 house fans, so total, there is the equivalent of 91 fans helping keep the inside cool.
So what’s inside?
Miles Through Time Automotive Museum is unlike any other museum. This museum is filled with vehicles and automotive memorabilia from people around the community. Miles Through Time offers storage for classic and exotic vehicles, including motorcycles and displays them as museum exhibits while you aren’t enjoying them yourself. When you want to take your ride for a spin you can or you can hang out in the lounge and enjoy free coffee and talk cars.
MTT also offers consignment for those wanted to buy or sell classic or exotic vehicles. Everything is kept indoors over night and occasionally you may see a few of the vehicles on consignment outside. If the consignment isn’t your thing and you’d rather sell your vehicle yourself, but want a safe place to do it, Miles Through Time also offers a For Sale By Owner program and details are available on their website.
Miles Through Time even takes it one step further and offers its wall space for free to people who just want to share their automotive memorabilia. One of the owners of MTT says, “community involvement is how we are going to make this museum successful and the more people involved the better chance we will have.” Much like an antique shop, MTT will even handle consignment for automotive memorabilia, in case that metal sign you hang on the wall you were interested in selling it.
First and for most, Miles Through Time is an automotive museum and a fantastic edition to the Lake Hartwell area, Georgia and Toccoa specifically. “Miles Through Time is a co-op style living museum. You can’t just go once and say you’ve seen it, it’s constantly changing and you may just be able to take something home with you. You can also contribute to the museum, which is what we really encourage,” says Sean Mathis.
Miles Through Time is here to serve the community by providing storage solutions for the vast amounts of classic vehicles in the area and displaying them as museum exhibits for all to see. The goal is to provide a cool place for locals to visit and a destination for travelers to seek.
Admission to the museum is $5 per adult and children 12 and under can get in free with a paying adult. Military and law enforcement can get in for only $3. Admission is minimal and serves a purpose to not only help protect the items inside the museum but to help keep the doors open. Donations of any kind are accepted and greatly appreciated. MTT is also available to host private events and is a great venue to host your next car show.