Century 21 Sunny South Properties is once again offering the “Christmas in Jackson County” gold etched ornaments to raise funds for the Easter Seals Society. For 13 years Easter Seals Society has benefited from the sale of subjects depicting historically significant buildings and attractions in Jackson County. “Even though production costs have gone up, we are keeping the price at 10 dollars each and have a good inventory of previous subjects,” states Nan Harkleroad, Chairman of the Easter Seals committee. “You can place an order for an ornament by calling 526-2891 and leave your name on our list for contact, or stop by the office at 4630 Hwy 90 East.
The Chamber of Commerce kindly helps to sell the ornaments year round as well.” The subject for the 2009 ornament is the historical James MacKinnon Home on Lafayette. This Georgian Federal style home was constructed in the 1850’s by James Baker for his bride, Bessie Ferrell Baker. Located across the street from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, this home was spared in the Civil War while the Church was burned by the Union soldiers.
The home had various owners until Judge James MacKinnon and his wife, Frances deRoulhac Merritt, purchased the home (1901-1902). The MacKinnon family and descendants have lived in the home since that time. Floye Brewton purchased the property from the estate in 2007 and beautifully restored the house to its historical original grandeur. This restored home is another grand display of Jackson County history. We can all be proud to have it in our community.
This home is an excellent choice for this year’s historical ornament. You will want to add it to your collection.