Valdosta Daily Times

May 4, 2014

Lakeland hosts Milltown Murals Motorcade

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

LAKELAND — Though weather concerns slowed the start, Lakeland hosted its Milltown Murals Motorcade Saturday, giving Lanier County residents and out-of-town guests a chance to view vintage vehicles and discover the town’s past and present.

“We like to do it to bring focus onto the history, not only of our town, but on that time period,” said Sandy Sanders, Lakeland-Lanier County Chamber of Commerce president.

Vehicles were parked around Downtown Lakeland near the dozens of lifelike murals depicting 1925 life in Lakeland.

“It was a slower period. It definitely wasn’t an easier time; it was a hard time,” Sanders said.  "But I think we need to look back on it.”

One vehicle reminiscent of 1925 Lakeland was an old Model T, owned by Bill Corbitt.

When Corbitt was 13, his uncle bought it after finding the vehicle sitting in a field outside of Ray City. After fixing it with Corbitt, his uncle drove the Model T until 1977.

The car lay dormant for 28 years. Then in 2005, Corbitt and his son, Jesse, 13 at the time, started restoring the Model T to its current condition, fully drivable and complete, down to the original floorboards, wheels, horn, and manual windshield wiper.

After an early afternoon parade, the celebration continued at Roquemore Park, with bluegrass music from the Sweetwater Creek Bluegrass Band, 1925-priced refreshments and awards for favorite vehicles.

“As long as people can keep bringing out these cars, some of them over 100 years old, we’ll keep doing it,” said Sanders.