• This 1922 Model T is one of the many vintage automobiles on display at Miles Through Time. Photo/J. Todd Truelove
  • This small Spirit of 76 vehicle was won in years past from a local retailer. Pictured in the back is an International Harvester restored using wood from a tree that fell in the owner's yard. Photo/J. Todd Truelove
  • Miles Through Time Automotive Museum's Sean Mathis said that the museum features anything related to automobiles. Shown, Mathis stands next to two old gas pumps that were used at Toccoa's Stan's Service Center. Photo/J. Todd Truelove
  • Miles Through Time features vehicles from all time periods, such as this 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. Photo/J. Todd Truelove

Travel ‘Miles Through Time’

New Museum features cars dating to early 1900s

Antique car aficionados have a new venue to peruse and pursue their automobile-fueled hobby — the museum, Miles Through Time, which opened in Toccoa in June 2017.

Run by chief operating officer Sean Mathis with the assistance of local partner Larry Dodd, Miles Through Time has a range of vintage cars dating back to the early 1900s.

The oldest of the models dates back to 1910. That vehicle was purchased from the Sears catalog back in the day.

Another vehicle on display is from Mathis' grandfather — a pink Cadillac Coupe DeVille that is featured in the upcoming film “When Last We Spoke,” which was filmed in and around Toccoa last July.

Mathis said the inventory in the museum changes often, making virtually every trip a unique experience for visitors.

"It literally changes weekly in here," Mathis said.

Car owners may choose to display their vehicle for a limited time at the museum or even utilize the museum to sell their vintage automobiles.

Throughout the summer months, Mathis said the museum held numerous events, including a car show in June in celebration of the museum's anniversary.

The next upcoming event scheduled at the museum will be on Nov. 10 for the Georgia Street Rods Association.

It's not just older model vehicles that can be displayed as the museum, Mathis said. Many newer vehicles are also featured as is other memorabilia.

"There's nothing that exists like this," he said. "My only requirement is that (a display) has to be automotive."

The building itself plays into the history as it previously housed a Ford dealership.

Admission to Miles Through Time costs $5.

While there's a "no touch" policy on the vehicles displayed, Mathis accommodates requests.

"If they want to see something, all they have to do is ask," Mathis said.

The museum may house 30-plus vehicles at a time, but the space is running out and Mathis said that it may be expanding in the future.

Miles Through Time's regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments also can be reserved to tour the museum.

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