Thomson's 13th Ornament of Hope¨∆ will be unveiled Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at the Rock House. Mayor Bob Knox will proclaim The Rock House as the official 2005 Easter Seals Ornament.
"We had actually wanted to do the Rock House several years ago, but the (Wrightsboro) foundation was considering doing their own ornament at that time," said Karen Sturgill, information manager for Easter Seals East Georgia. "It works out well this year, because the Thomson City Chamber plate is also of the Rock House."
Proceeds from the sale of the ornament help Easter Seals benefit people with disabilities. Ms. Sturgill said Easter Seals is careful in choosing the historical site for their ornaments. They want to choose a location that people are familiar with and will actually want to purchase an ornamental replication of.
Easter Seals East Georgia offers services in Thomson and 33 surrounding counties where disabled people can come for work-placement training; an evaluation to test their skills, strengths, and weaknesses; and advice from a counselor matching their strengths with their vocational desires.
The ornament, 24-karat gold over brass, will be on sale Sunday for $15. After a brief ceremony unveiling the ornament, light refreshments will be served, and tours of the Rock House will be offered.
The Rock House is Georgia's oldest documented house with it's original design intact. Built by Thomas Ansley, the house of stone is typical of the New Jersey area from which the Quakers who settled in Wrightsboro came. It is said to be the home of ancestors of former President Jimmy Carter.
The ornament is the latest in a series of Thomson landmarks that include 1810 Country Inn, The Usry House, Hickory Hill, The First Baptist Church, Thomas E. Watson House, Thomson High School, Wrightsboro Church, Bowdre-Reese-Knox House, The Brickyard, the Court House, Laura Jones School, and the Depot.
All 12 of the previous ornaments are still available. If purchased all at once, the buyer receives a $13 discount. For those who are unable to purchase them all at once but would still like to start a collection, the ornaments are available year-round for purchase from the Easter Seals.
Next week, the ornaments will be available at the Chamber of Commerce, all the area banks, and the Frame Gallery. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 597-1000 or Karen Sturgill at (706)667-9695.