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Easter Seals ornament is McDuffie inn

Thomson Mayor Bob Knox is set to proclaim The 1810 Country Inn and Winery at 254 Seymour Drive as the Easter Seals Ornament of Hope for Thomson in a ceremony tonight.

An image of the inn, also known as the West House, will be depicted on a 24-carat gold on brass ornament complete with a certificate of authenticity.

"A committee made the selection based on historic data," said Laurie Cook, development director for Easter Seals.

The ornament is the 12th in a series of Thomson landmarks that include the The Usry House, Hickory Hill, The First Baptist Church, Thomas E. Watson House, Thomson High School, Wrightsboro Church, Bowdre-Rees-Knox House, The Brickyard, the Court House, Laura Jones School, and the Depot, according to an Easter Seals news release.

Ornaments will sell for $15 each, and proceeds will benefit Easter Seals and individuals in Thomson with disabilities.

"Easter Seals has been around 42 years serving those with disabilities in Thomson," Ms. Cook said.

Thomson residents benefiting from the program are tested and matched to jobs, and local businesses support them through training and mentoring, she said.

Businesses that will carry the ornaments include: White Columns Inn, Century 21, local banks, The Frame Gallery, the chamber, Curves, McDuffie Animal Hospital and Weathervane Antiques.

The house at 1810 Country Inn and Winery has a long and rich history in Thomson. The West House, built during the Federalist Period, is a classic example of a Piedmont Plains plantation home and retains most of its original building materials. Featuring detailed molding particular to the local area, the house showcases the high quality craftsmanship of its Thomson and McDuffie county builders. The house is an excellent example of early 19th century framing and construction techniques and is secured with wooden dowels, Ms. Cook noted.

John Wade Butler, the first known West Estate resident, received a government land grant to help settle the area in the late 18th century. He passed the land down through generations of the Butler and West families, who cultivated the land and also operated a dairy farm. Today, some of the land is planted in neat rows of wine grapes that are part of the new farm winery located in back of the historic inn. The site also includes three historic cabins.



Web posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004


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