Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Miles Through Time

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday at Miles Through Time, a living auto museum located on East Currahee Street in Toccoa in the building that once housed Toccoa Ford.

The co-owners of Miles Through Time are Larry Dodd and Shaun Mathis. Mathis told WNEG how Miles Through Time came to be.

“I have a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville that used to belong to my Grandpa. It had not been outside of a shop out from cover in about three years,” said Mathis. “So I tried to figure out how to share the car with people and still keep it safe.”

Mathis said as fate would have it a concept became reality.

“I came up with this concept of the museum, storage, and consignment and the stars aligned,” said Mathis. “I met Larry Dodd, who had the old Ford building, and we were able to put things together. In about two and a half months we went from an idea to it’s here and it’s happening.”

Dodd said his interest started with his personal interest and a need.

“I like old cars, I’ve got a few and I reallty wanted a place to put them. I got in touch with Shaun and he knows the marketing end,” said Dodd. “We were able to get the building fixed. We can also use the old Ford shop to work on some that we can bring in and sale.” Dodd added that the community has been very receptive so far.

Mathis said that Miles Through Time offers storage and it is climate controlled. They also offer consignment for those that would like to store their vehicle, but also have available for sale. Mathis says the cars are stored as museum exhibits for viewing as well.

The grand opening car show at Miles Through Time will be June 10. Along with the classic cars, there will be a food truck and bounce house for the kids. They are also doing “Cars and Coffee” once a month on Saturday mornings sponsored by Cracker Barrell, and Cruise-in’s once a month on Thursday evenings during the summer months.