Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Wheels Through Time Museum, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
The last place I thought I would visit in Maggie Valley was ‘Wheels Through Time’ museum. It is owned by Dale Walksler who was featured on the History Channel in his own show a few years ago.
When I talked about visiting Maggie Valley, and mentioned Wheels Through Time Museum, I saw a light bulb go on in my husband’s head…he said, “That guy Dale is on TV, I watched his show.” So, since I’m a nice person and since he takes me wherever I want to go I thought he might enjoy touring the museum.
Lucky for us it was just a hop, skip and jump from our rental cottage. After lunch one day off we went to the huge metal building that is the museum. It sits back off the main drag, Socco Road, and as you pull in the parking lot you will see lot of motorcycles belonging to the visitors. Our SUV was one of the few non-cycle vehicles around!
I love Paula Deen and if I were to run into her at one of her restaurants I know I would jump for joy. Well, my husband wasn’t quite that excited but he was surprised and happy to see Dale sitting out in front of the building. We stopped and chatted with him for a few minutes. I forgot to take a photo but we went back to him on the way out and I got this one. A very nice man and a pleasure to chat with.
It is quite a place: 40,000 square feet with over 350 vehicles of all kinds…all old, some shinny and some not so much! It’s two levels, but after walking one level we had seen enough and my nose had the smell of gasoline and I needed fresh air.
If you are into this sort of thing and are in the Maggie Valley, North Carolina area, you might want to put this on your bucket list. The admission is $15 for an adult which is reasonable for all there is to see.
If motor cycles aren’t your thing they are also many old cars, old bicycles as well as old farm equipment. There are people there who are more than willing to answer your questions. Of course there is a gift shop where you can pick up a souvenir of your visit.
You may think this is a ‘man’s’ thing, but at least half the people in there were woman. They have chairs throughout so you can rest a while; it’s a lot of walking! They also offer a free bottle of water on your way out.
After we left we went to an antique shop across the road, which believe it or not wasn’t as interesting as the “Wheels Through Time’ Museum.
Photos belong to AbbyG
Staff writer Abby G.