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Inn kicks off new incarnation with ornament

Related story: Owners add vineyard, winery, and restaurant to local inn's amenities

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Thomas DeRossett III accepts the Ornament of Hope proclamation from Thomson Mayor Bob Knox. Click here for more photos
Photos by Jason B. Smith and Kristopher Wells
When the newest Easter Seals Ornament of Hope was unveiled last week, a proud former owner of the historic West House which was featured on the ornament was among the audience.

"I am happy to see it receive the recognition it really deserves. It's a charming place," said Virginia White, former owner of the property which is now called the 1810 Country Inn and Winery.

Mrs. White, who ran the historic home as a bed and breakfast in the 1990s, recalled her affection for the property which plays an important part in the history of McDuffie County.

Mrs. White, a Thomson native, was living in New Hampshire in 1979 when a realization struck her. "My children need some Southern roots," she thought.

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Mr. DeRossett gives the first Ornament of Hope to business partner Ann Rosenberg. Click here for more photos
Photos by Jason B. Smith and Kristopher Wells
She purchased the property over the telephone and moved to the plantation style home situated just off I-20. Mrs. White began some renovations on the house and yard, and arranged to have some other buildings moved to the property. Three cabins, The Hobbs, Scarlet and Smokehouse, now serve as guest quarters.

"The Smokehouse is my favorite outbuilding," Mrs. White said.

In 2000, the DeRossett family entered a business partnership and purchased the home with plans to expand the operation.

Today, the site includes a new restaurant and farm winery which will carry on a centuries old tradition of using the land for agricultural purposes.

"This home and grounds meant so much to so many people. This simple farm house and heritage is something we can be proud of," said Thomas DeRossett III during the Ornament of Hope unveiling.

The sale of ornaments supports Easter Seals and employment programs in Thomson for those with disabilities. The newest ornament is the 12th in a series of local landmarks.

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Click here for more photos
Photos by Jason B. Smith and Kristopher Wells
"The ornaments are a great way to help people understand the significance of this place," said Mayor Bob Knox.

Ornaments are available at The White Columns Inn, Century 21, local banks, The Frame Gallery, the chamber, Curves, McDuffie Animal Hospital and Weathervane Antiques.

On the Net:

www.1810countryinnandwinery.com



Web posted on Thursday, October 7, 2004


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