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Signs to bring I-20 travelers to Thomson

Discussion at the monthly Thomson-McDuffie Tourism Board meeting last Thursday included the placement of signs on I-20 advertising local attractions. "Attraction signs" is a new category of signs provided by the Georgia Logo Sign Program. Georgia Logos puts up the blue signs on the interstate that inform travelers of food, gas and lodging.

Lori Halsey, an account executive with Georgia Logos met with tourism officials to discuss qualifications and costs of the signs. Possible sites that do meet regulations are Hickory Hill, 1810 Country Inn and Winery and the future McDuffie Museum. Other sites which could adapt to compliancy are The Depot, the Wrightsboro Community and the Rock House.

Although the large blue signs will accommodate space for up to six businesses, Ms. Halsey said only one business is needed to bring a sign in. Michelle Zupan, the curator for Hickory Hill, said she thinks the sign is a great deal, and it will be included in Hickory Hill's 2007 budget.

"It's a done deal for us," she said.

New plate in Chamber series

The sixth plate in the Chamber of Commerce's series of historical plates was designed last Wednesday. Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert said the new plate will feature the Wrightsboro Church.

Previous plates in the Chamber's series of Staffordshire wares featured the Thomas E. Watson House, the Depot, the McDuffie County Courthouse, Hickory Hill and the Rock House. According to John Roth, importer, the plates are made with the same cutting copper engraving techniques used in the 1830's.

The Chamber still has each of the previous plates in stock, for persons who would like the entire collection. The plates are designed especially for Thomson, with a border of camellias. Mr. Roth said Thomson is one of the few communities in America that has made so many plates

The plates, in both blue and pink, will be available the first of December.

Web posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006

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