After months of waiting, Jack Roth finally got the call he was waiting for.
His McDuffie County plates had arrived
Earlier this week, Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce officials announced the third entry in its series of decorative plates featuring McDuffie County landmarks.
This time around, the McDuffie County Courthouse has been chosen for the plates, an image that Mr. Roth of plate designer and manufacturer Jon H. Roth & Company, Inc. said that while difficult to reproduce, turned out very well.
"The courthouse is a difficult subject, because of all the trees around it," he said. "This is probably the best picture available, taking in the bulk of the courthouse."
Mr. Roth, who has a home here in McDuffie County, said that around 175 plates, which are blue and white, were produced overall. The border surrounding the new courthouse plate is the same on the previous two McDuffie County plates, which depicted the Thomas E. Watson house and the Depot.
Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert said that for a community as small as McDuffie County to have a series of decorative plates is a great way for others to learn about historic McDuffie County.
"This is very unusual for a town our size to have this," she said. "It's pretty unique, and it's a good way to promote our area. They're beautiful plates."
Mr. Roth agreed with Mrs. Gilbert, saying that one just doesn't see a series of commemorative plates produced for such a small community very often.
"What is unique here are the residents of Thomson supporting their town," he said. "That's what's so unique about this place. They have such pride in their community. Maybe someday this will be in somebody's museum. Lucky is the person who has the whole series."
Mr. Roth said that the plates were meticulously crafted to accurately reproduce the image of the courthouse. He said that it probably took around 40-50 hours of labor to create just one plate.
He came up with the idea of doing the plates for McDuffie County after he got a big response from a coaster and tea set he made as wedding favors.
"The whole idea started from these weddings," he said. "And they're things that don't just get thrown away; people keep them."
The plates are available for purchase from the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce for $35 each.