WEST JEFFERSON-The closing of 2015 brought West Jefferson’s year long Centennial Celebration to an end.
The only thing that remained for the committee’s planners was stuffing and sealing the Centennial Time Capsule. That bittersweet honor came on Jan. 27, according to Centennial Commission coordinator Lynn Rees-Jones.
“It really put a wrap on things,” Rees-Jones said. “So much work from so many people went into the centennial.”
Packed with unique mementos, the capsule should offer a unique perspective to whoever cracks it open next in 2115 when the town will celebrate its bicentennial. It’ll be stored in the town’s vault, Rees-Jones said, until planners can find a suitable way to place it within the town’s public landscape.
“Where and when that will be is still an open question right now,” Rees-Jones said. “But I expect it’ll be something the public will be invited to participate in.”
Here’s a snapshot of what’s inside:
Centennial Brick: Historic bricks rescued during the renovation of the Old Hotel after a 2014 windstorm
West Jefferson at 100: A publication describing West Jefferson in 2015 via articles and photographs.
West Jefferson: A History of Our Town: An audio-visual documentary of the history of West Jefferson including interviews with many local long-time residents. By Germaine Media
Pictorial Postmark: Commemorative envelopes with the US Postal Service cancellation stamp that was developed for use on the town’s 100th birthday
Images of America – West Jefferson: A book of photographs and history compiled by the Ashe County Historical Society.
Boondocks Brewhaus: Centennial Beer Glass, and Centennial Ale tap handle. WJ’s first brew haus made a series of local beers for the Centennial the most popular utilizing Frasier fir needles to honor our Christmas tree industry.
2015 West Jefferson Centennial Calendar: Created by Bluemoonistic Images with photos of current day
West Jefferson Centennial Quilt Square: Designed by Quilt Square Girls for the Centennial, depicts a Stephen Shoemaker train mural and Centennial Logo within a quilt design.
The Old Hotel Long Sleeved T-Shirt: Sold during the Centennial year
Chamber of Commerce Christmas Ornament: Artist Bessie Clay creates a unique ornament each year and this year focused on the Centennial.
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Letter from Mayor Dale Baldwin to mayor of West Jefferson in 2115
Letter from Town Manager Brantley Price to the Town Manager of 2115
Assorted town publications including: West Jefferson Visitor Guide, West Jefferson “Bring Arts to Life by Handmade in America”, 2015 West Jefferson Events
THE ARTS in recognition that West Jefferson is well known for visual and performing arts.
Ashe County Arts Council: An influential force behind the arts in West Jefferson and Ashe County.
Florence Thomas Art School 2015 Workshops: Made possible by an endowment left by local artist Florence Thomas (1907-2007).
Barn Quilt Poster depicting various Barn Quilts in the County
Menu from local restaurant: The Hotel Tavern
Price List from The Cutter’s Edge Salon
Community Worship Service Bulletin Community Worship sermons from Baptist & Presbyterian (8/2/15) First Baptist Church Centennial Celebration Bulletin & Worship Service and Church history
Ashe Mountain Times: Centennial Edition, First paper of year and last paper of year
Jefferson Post: First paper of year and last paper of year
Time Magazine: 100 New Health Discoveries