It is human nature to be a collector of something. When a man's collection becomes big enough to need a two-story building to house it, you have a museum. So it is with Devoe Moore.
Yesterday we got underway for our summer 2018 adventure to Utah. We covered 305 miles, arriving here at The Tallahassee Automobile & Collectibles Museum – a Harvest Hosts Site.
Let me offer a brief explanation (and a plug) for Harvest Hosts. Their tagline is "Unique Overnight Stops at Wineries, Farms & Attractions." This is a membership organization putting RVers and businesses together. The business offers free overnight dry camping at their location. The etiquette is that you will call ahead, arrive during business hours, and buy something. The Harvest Hosts website provides the location and description of all participating businesses. We have belonged for several years and manage to use a couple of their locations on every trip. The hosts are interesting people and we leave with some fresh farm produce or a couple bottles of wine. An "Attraction" is usually a museum – like our present location.
The highway sign says Automobile Museum, so does the dedication plaque ...
... but inside there is more – much more. Their tagline is "It's More Than A Museum... It's A Journey Through History"
Automobiles, of course. The oldest one I spotted was this:
Robert C. Hupp learned auto manufacturing from Ransom Olds and the Ford Motor Company. In 1908, he completed his own design and started production in Detroit. This brand lasted for almost thirty years.
Here are a few more. I can't begin to show pictures of all them, so I picked a few that I liked.
The famous Ford F-100
There are many classics like these:
An impressive collection of Corvettes ...
... and Ford Mustangs
Then there is my absolute all-time favorite car
I found some personal recollections in Devoe' collection.
Devoe started his working life as a farrier (shoes horses).
As you enter the building a sea of automobiles to the left and a collection of Steinway pianos to the right. Who can collect famous grand pianos? Devoe Moore, that's who.
Every one of these pianos has a story.
On September 1, 2016, these five Devoe Moore's Steinway pianos went to Florida State University for a concert by the Five Browns. That concert and those artists are stories in themselves. For those interesting stories, I'll refer you to this article in the FSU News
Like I said – every one of these pianos has a story. A Google search will turn up a gold mine of information. You can do that yourself, I must move on.
The museum website lists these collections.
|Adding Machines||Antique Cash Registers||Antique Spark Plugs|
|Antique Time Pieces||Automobiles||Batmobiles|
|Boats||Boat Motors||Brass Fans|
|Dolls||Fishing Lures||General Store Exhibit|
|Native American Artifacts||Pedal Cars||Sports Memorabilia|
|Steinway Pianos||. .||. .|
I'm sure I missed some of them. I'll include a few more photos to tickle your interest.
A doll collection
A section just for Batman and all his modes of transportation
It was a great day spent with Devoe Moore and his collections and I thank him for his hospitality.
I could write a lot more but it is time to stop. Enjoy the post and put the Tallahassee Automobile & Collectibles Museum on your list of places to visit. Tomorrow we move on to Biloxi, MS.
OUR CAMPGROUNDTallahassee Automobile & Collectibles Museum
6800 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
GPS: 30.485910, -84.163169