Historic Todd County, Inc. Can Solve Christmas Shopping List Dilemmas

Beloved since 1960, Hampton’s Dairy Dip is a fixture in Todd County.

All of us are well aware that Christmas is just around the corner, and more than likely we all have begun making plans for finalizing that shopping list for folks a part of our lives. Yes, we know many have those items that must be purchased in the area of technology, clothing, or toys including those latest iPhones or smartphones, video games, techie gadgets, or the newest trends in clothing or shoes. Yes, we also know that many of those items are expensive ones that will definitely create a huge dent in the checkbook or credit or debit cards. In its efforts to generate monies for the rehabilitation of the second floor of the 1835 Courthouse, Historic Todd County, Inc. can assist folks with making available several items that will bring smiles to those a part of many folks’ shopping lists.

As most also know, T Is for Todd County became available for sale on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The alphabet or coffee table book, which sells for $25.00 online to cover shipping/handling costs in the continental United States, can be ordered using PayPal or a debit/credit card at https://historictoddcounty.com/2017/08/27/t-is-for-todd-county-book/. For those who prefer ordering by mail, a $25.00 check to cover shipping/handling can also be mailed to Historic Todd County, Inc. at P. O. Box 101, Elkton. Many recall The Story of Todd County, Kentucky 1820 – 1970 Ms. Marion Williams published in 1972, and most folks who have tried to locate one of Ms. Williams’ books will assure you her reference book, now considered a cherished prize to many, can seldom be found. Members of Historic Todd County, Inc. feel rather confident T Is for Todd County will become another treasure to folks either a part of our community now or who have connections to Todd County. Copies of T Is for Todd County are still available locally and can be purchased for $20.00 at “Something Special,” “Prim and Proper Boutique,” and the Welcome Center in Elkton; at “Rosa Belle’s Boutique” in Trenton; and at the Guthrie Transportation Museum in Guthrie. The book is chockfull of information about Todd County, and the book committee made certain all areas of Todd County were included in the text of the book. Couple the content with the beautiful artwork found inside, and the book becomes even more special.

Sonny Green, a well-known artist who lives in Russellville, contacted Historic Todd County, Inc. recently and offered to HTC prints he has for sale entitled “One More Trip Around the Dip.” The signed and numbered print, first available in 2002, is being sold at the Welcome Center in Elkton, for $30.00. Mr. Green, who has several of these prints from when they were first sold, is donating half of the $30.00 to HTC to assist with our fundraising project for the second floor. The print, which is 16 by 20 and with white borders is 18 by 22, features a painting of Hampton’s Dairy Mart with the added beauty of several classic cars in the picture. Ms. Nancy Camp, former mayor of Elkton, provided for Mr. Green an original photo she had of a 1957 car that she was in at the time. Vehicles showcased in Mr. Green’s print include a 1958 Chevy Impala, a 1957 Chevy, a 1956 Ford Thunderbird, a 1967 Chevy Camaro, a 1932 Ford, a 1948 Ford truck, and a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria. The print is also set with a beautiful star-filled and moonlit sky along with the beloved “Dairy Dip.”

For a $1.00 donation, an opportunity to win a set of LG Wireless Bluetooth Headphones might just bring a smile on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Christmas in Elkton when the drawing for those headphones will occur. The wireless headphones, a very popular item for folks of all ages, can be purchased from several Historic Todd County, Inc. members and at Elkton City Hall as well. Another item bound to please anyone on your shopping list would be a Gildan t-shirt with a picture of the 1835 Courthouse on its front. The long-sleeved tees, yellow in color, are also available and are being sold at the Welcome Center in Elkton. Please note the t-shirts are limited in sizes to M, L, XL, and 2XL. The cost of the shirts is $15.00. Another unique item for sale is a small postcard-sized magnet that features the past schools of our county. The magnets, which have pictures of those schools sitting atop pages from antique books of Shakespeare’s plays, definitely reflect the ‘yesteryear’ memories we all have of earlier school days, many of those days spent in the classrooms of Allegre, Allensville, Todd Training, Sharon Grove, Clifty, Elkton Public School, the Green River Academy, Vanderbilt Training, Trenton, Guthrie, Todd County High School, or Todd County Central High School. These magnets, which sell for $5.00, are bound to bring smiles as folks reflect upon those earlier years and schools a part of their lives or their families’ lives.

Yes, it is rather clear that Historic Todd County, Inc. is working diligently to provide not only opportunities for folks to purchase items but also for folks to support the rehabilitation effort for the 1835 Courthouse, one beloved by so many Todd Countians not only who live here but other places around the country and world. When we consider these items are not only very practical ones that will become treasured for many years but ones that will also assist with raising monies for the rehabilitation project, that surely makes checking off those Christmas list needs with items from Historic Todd County, Inc. a very pragmatic one guaranteed to bring smiles to many folks. We encourage you to shop local, and we would love it even more if you choose some of the items HTC has available for sale.

~ Article by Carolyn L. Wells

November 8, 2017