Wheels Though Time Museum is the home to the worlds premier collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia and a distinct array of unique “one off” American automobiles. Located just 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley, North Carolina the museum houses a collection of over 350 rare machines, comprised of 25 makes including Harley Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Henderson and the famous Flying Merkel. Rare oddities such as the world’s rarest motorcycle, the Traub are exhibited in truly unique displays. Hill climbing machines, board track racers, and dirt track racers are glorified within the 40 thousand square foot museum facility.
Many visitors consider the displays equally as interesting as the rare machines within. The museum layout is more than a timeline of machines. It has the feel of an old garage, but is touched by relevant artwork of the era and houses precious items of memorabilia by the thousands. The museum is literally a cornucopia of American history.
The automobile collection is equally as interesting as the 2 wheel marvels. A pair of 32 roadsters, Packard and Lincoln from the classic era are surrounded by distinctive one off” autos such as the 1949 Veritas and the massive 1915 Locomobile built during the gilded age of American history.
The collection was started by Museum founder Dale Walksler in 1969 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1977 the collection moved to Mt. Vernon Illinois where it was housed at the Harley Davidson dealership founded by Dale. As the collection matured it became obvious the potential for a true museum was at hand. In 2002 the collection moved to it present location in Maggie Valley, N.C. A new 501c3 not for profit status was attained, and Wheels Through Time was on its way to preserving forever a most unique aspect of our American history.
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