The Dedication for Amy Cox Harshman
One of the beautiful trees donated to the Tower Association in honor of Amy Cox Harshman
The fresh new look at the House Museum
"Patches" the horse
Our Homesteads Elf greeting guest at Open House Dec. 6th

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Dedication for Amy Cox Harshman

The Crab Orchard Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution presented an award in memory of original Homesteader Amy Young Cox Harshman. Mrs. Harshman was given the distinction of being named a Woman in American History. Women given this award have been intellectual, educational, social, religious, scientific or cultural innovators. The award was presented to her granddaughter, Susan Martin. Two trees, a Dogwood and a Redbud, were also dedicated. In attendance were the ladies of the Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution and the ladies of the Homesteads Tower Association.

Patches and the Triangle

Angela Witzel of Dogwood Exchange created a beautiful fall display with the wagon in the Tower triangle. She designed a beautiful horse that was part of a contest on the CHTA Facebook page. The contest was to pick the most appropriate name for the horse. The winners received a $100 gift basket from the Museum Gift Shop. We had a tie for the name “Patches”. The winners were Jenny Savage and Matthew and Donna Savage. Congratulations to you all!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Angela for all her hard work on the triangle. We would also like to thank Food City and Landscape Solutions for the pumpkins and other fall decorations used in the triangle.

Improvements to the Museums

If you haven’t been by to see the new look at the House Museum please do so. Sid Perkins and Amazing Strokes Painting have painted the house a beautiful shade called butternut. It looks amazing.

The guys at Pro Electric have installed new LED lights to the front of the Tower. It brightens the building up at night while saving energy.

The Tower Museum was running on an HVAC system that was 25+ years old. CHTA was finally able to save up enough funds to replace the unit with a more energy efficient system. Thank you to Stay Cool Call Frost for installing the unit.

Finally, the Tower Gift Shop has had a much needed makeover. We have added several new and talented consigners with unique, handmade gifts for anyone on your Christmas list. Please drop by and help support the museum and our consigners by purchasing your presents locally.

Some of our consigners are:

Sandra Black: handmade crocheted items; Linda Colaric: handmade scarves, mittens, hats, ornaments, etc.; Local Authors: Beth Durham, Sunni Nelson, Mark Grisham and Michael Boniol; Scott Eatherly: handmade baskets and chair caning. Bill Harigs: handmade pens; Bobbye Newberry: beautifully painted lighted bottles, resin bowls and more; Eileen Perry: old fashioned aprons for men, women and children; Mary Rose: unique hand towels that are easy exchangeable and machine washable; Wendy Smith (Sowing Seeds Nursery): soaps made of a variety of needs, CBD creams and oils for pets; Laurie Vickers: handmade crocheted scarves, mittens, hats, children’s and women’s clothing and more; Aafke Parker (Wolk Creek Farms): large variety of goat milk soaps & goat milk shaving soaps; Lenore Stancky (Lenore’s Recycled Bags): unique bags made from recycled pet food sacks and beautifully made fabric ornaments; Donna Vitale (Designs by Donna): beautifully designed hand crafted and hand painted cards for any occasion. More consigners coming in the next few weeks.

New additions to Family Room

We have some temporary displays and would like to feature different original Homesteaders and their family. Thank you to the Scarborough family for getting us started with a great display of the family of James & Beulah Scarborough, #16 Sawmill Rd.  Let us know if you would like to do a display of your family. We would love for everyone to share special memories. Contact Kelly at the Tower to help you get started.


Winter Schedule for Museums

The museums will be changing hours during the coming winter months. Our House museum is closed until April. Appointments can be arranged by calling the Tower to schedule. The Tower Museum will be Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-4:00 beginning January 1, 2021. Both museums will reopen at normal schedule on April 1, 2021.


Christmas Open House presented by Master Gardeners and the Tower Association

The ladies of the Master Gardeners Association and friends have been hard at work the month of November preparing for the Tower Association Christmas Open House this Saturday. These talented ladies have decorated the Tower into a beautiful Christmas wonderland. Thank you to everyone who came out and visited the Open House while shopping in the gift shop for Christmas.

Special Thanks to the following for all your hard work making the Tower look so amazing:


Connie Farley, Susan Partch, Connie Taylor, Ginger Wade, Julia Woods, Linda Engel, Terry Severson, Pat Taylor, Habitat for Humanity, Bramble Berry Bakery & Café, Paula Ochoa, Shelia Long and Poppy’s Florist.