Cecil Proffit's Esso Gas Station Museum.

Cecil Proffit's Esso Gas Station Museum

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Windsor, Virginia

An old Esso gas station appears out of nowhere in a neighborhood of nice homes and tidy lawns. That's because it isn't really old. It was built in 2005 by the couple that owns the house next door, Cecil and Barbara Proffit, as a way to store their sizable collection of pop culture memorabilia and share it with the public.

Cecil, a retired auto mechanic, has outfitted the gas station with three hand-operated pumps and usually parks one of his restored antique vehicles under the overhang. The interior is packed with vintage mid-20th century treasures such as a pinball machine, jukebox, Coke-branded everything, store displays, signs, bottles, clocks, toys, a cigar store Indian, and a working 1930s moonshine still.

Cecil Proffit's Esso Gas Station Museum

Cecil's Antique Garage

27114 Collosse Rd, Windsor, VA
Cecil's Antique Garage. From the north, take US 258 south 5 miles from its intersection with US 460 in Windsor. (From the south, take US 258 north 8 miles from its split with US 58 at the Franklin airport.) Then from either direction, turn south off of US 258 onto Hwy 641/Collosse Rd. Drive about one mile. The Proffit home and gas station museum will be on the right.
By appt only. (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
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