Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum

Great Lakes To Florida Highway Museum, Wytheville, Virginia

Great Lakes To Florida Highway Museum, Wytheville, Virginia

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The Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum is the latest addition to the town of Wytheville’s museums.  Located in a 1926 gas station, the museum offers visitors a chance to return to the days when the Great Lakes to Florida Highway (Route 21) was the main route from Ohio to Florida.

Highway 21 was a North-South main road in the 1920s and 30s.   H.R. Umberger opened the gas station in 1926, naming his business the “Lakes to Florida Service Station.”  It enjoyed good business through the 1950s until the road was rerouted through Wytheville.  The business was basically finished once I-77 became the main north-south corridor that paralleled U.S. 21 and part of U.S. 52.

Great Lakes To Florida Highway Museum, Wytheville, Virginia

Great Lakes To Florida Highway Museum, Wytheville, Virginia

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Now owned by the town of Wytheville and reopened as a museum, this little gas station with the period gas pumps, has been restored to how it looked when opened in 1926.  Its amazing to think that the small country road which passes the front was once one of the major north-south roads in America.

Great Lakes To Florida Highway Museum, Wytheville, Virginia

Great Lakes To Florida Highway Museum, Wytheville, Virginia

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Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum
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Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum
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The Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum offers visitors a chance to return to 1926 and the days when Route 21 was the main route from Ohio to Florida
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Mark Summerfield
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6 Comments

  1. Really cool shots of a unique place, Mark. Never heard of the highway but I am sure, in its day, was the eastern equivalent of Route 66.

    • Many thanks, Len. It always amazes me what can be found if you wander a little off the beaten track. This unique little museum was on a small lane which really only lead to the visitors center. There were no signs for it or anything else to advertise its existence.

  2. Those images really ‘pop’, Mark. What a fantastic color Red is.

  3. I just love explorations like this, a real throwback to a time 100 years ago! Great shots here, Mark, you’ve really captured the spirit of this place. I’d love to have a chance to visit personally one day.

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