When it comes to the history of McDuffie County, the museum's got you covered. The fifth store item for the McDuffie Museum, Inc. is a throw blanket featuring pictures of notable sites in Thomson.
The woven throw is the third throw in the series of promotional items sold for the museum. The first throw was themed for McDuffie County, and the second featured Dearing.
The Dearing throw sold out immediately, but new ones have been ordered, according to Mary Anne Coussons, the executive director of Camellia Partners for Heritage and Economic Development, Inc.
"I'm not surprised with the community support, but I am pleased," Mrs. Coussons said. "Those Dearing folks are go-getters."
The throws are a heavy weight woven material, and feature pictures woven into the fabric.
The Thomson throw features 100 years of Thomson history, with pictures of J. Edgar Thomson, the Laura Jones School, the Thomson Court House, the Knox Hotel, the Thomson Company, the 1897 firefighters, Springfield Baptist Church and Main Street in 1952.
The Thomson throws have just been ordered, and Mrs. Coussons said they will arrive in time for Christmas, and will sell for $49.95.
Funds from the sale of the throws will go toward the museum's capital campaign, which is one million dollars needed to open the museum by December 2007. To date, $2,500 has been raised from the sale of store items, and $68,000 has been pledged by board members, according to Mrs. Coussons.
In addition to the throws, the museum store also has antique-style posters featuring an 1871 map of McDuffie County along with a photo of George McDuffie and a brief biography for $10, and a large, fully-lined tote bag featuring embroidered photos depicting local scenes for $29.95.
All items may be purchased through Mrs. Coussons at the Depot in downtown Thomson, or by calling her at 706-597-1000.