This year, the Maury County Chapter of the APTA is continuing the ornament its new tradition of offering a “Home Tour” ornament. The ornament will feature one of the homes from this year’s tour. This is the second time an ornament has been offered as a souvenir of the tour and event organizers hope to produce one for each subsequent Home Tour, making this a yearly collectible.
This year’s ornament features the Columbia Depot, which has never been on the tour. The Depot, typically not open for tours, is owned by David and Debra Hill. The ornament is glass and features a lovely etching of the site along with its name and the date of construction. The etching was made using a pen-and-ink drawing by Columbia artist Vance Capley. Mr. Capley will have prints of this drawing available at the Athenaeum during the tour.
Ornaments are $15 and proceeds go to the Save the Athenaeum Fund. The Athenaeum Rectory was recently named to the “Ten in Tenn” list of endangered historic sites in 2014 and is currently raising monies for renovations. The ornaments can be preordered at the Athenaeum Rectory located at 808 Athenaeum Street in Columbia, Tennessee. They may also be purchased during the tour at the Athenaeum. But, hurry! Only a limited number of ornaments will be made.