Although it isn't scheduled to open until December 2007, McDuffie Museum Inc. has started selling exclusive promotional products. A poster is currently available, and a tote bag or tapestry will be available next week, according to Mary Anne Coussons, director of Camellia Partners for Heritage and Economic Development.
"Those are just the things that we are trying to get out. We are currently, of course, not in the building. So, we are promoting the museum as a museum without walls...letting people know that we are on the horizon," Mrs. Coussons said.
The antique-style poster features an 1871 map of the county along with a photo of George McDuffie and a brief biography, and costs $10.
The tapestry looks just like the poster. Mrs. Coussons said it is a 50x60 inch throw "of really good woven quality," for $49.95.
The large tote is 17x15 inches and fully lined. Both sides of the tote feature embroidered photos depicting the community-the Belle Meade Hunt, Thurmond Lake, Blind Willie McTell Blues, the Rock House, the woman of the 60's monument outside the Depot, a camellia depicting Thomson, and a tree branch representing lumber to depict Dearing.
"The people of Georgia Tourism Division were just amazed because they did one that was a little larger than ours, and it was beautiful; but they put clip art to represent different things. We put actual pictures, so ours is a little more classy looking," Mrs. Coussons said.
The totes are $29.95. All money will go towards the million dollars being raised to open the museum. Mrs. Coussons said she will set up exhibits at community festivals and events to sell the products. Also, they will be sold in the museum store after it opens. For more information, call Mrs. Cousssons at the Chamber of Commerce, 706-597-1000.