Fulton House featured on ornament

December 10, 1997

Fulton House featured on ornament


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A replica of the Fulton House, a downtown McConnellsburg landmark, is the first in a series of buildings represented on Christmas ornaments to be sold every year by the Fulton County Tourist Promotion Agency.

The molded ornaments with raised features are hand-painted, signed and numbered, said Mary Hoover, director of the tourism agency.

They sell for $15 each, she said. For another $3, buyers can get a stand on which to display their ornaments year-round after the holidays, Hoover said.

Samples of similar ornaments were seen by Helen Overly at a trade show. She said the committee embraced the idea and ordered 500 ornaments.


"We hope we can sell 500 more after that," she said.

Hoover said the agency will limit the number to 1,000 each year.

She said her agency has sold more than 250 ornaments since they went on sale around Thanksgiving. They are available at several downtown businesses and at the agency's headquarters in the Theater Building.

Proceeds go to the tourism agency.

Hoover said she didn't know how many years the ornaments will be sold, or what the subject of the 1998 ornament will be. The committee will decide that next summer, she said.

According to a Fulton County Historical Society, Inc. brochure, the Fulton House dates to the 18th century. Its two-story limestone construction and 24-inch-thick walls make it one of the downtown's most imposing buildings.

Through most of its history it has served as a tavern and a hotel.

It was well-known over the centuries as a meeting place and also housed offices, a butcher shop and a barber shop. It was also a stage coach stop along the route between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The borough of McConnellsburg condemned the building and bought it in 1973.

Today its second floor is home to the borough manager's office and other borough offices, including the Borough Council's meeting room.

The second floor also houses a historic library, Hoover said. The historical society operates a museum on the first floor, she said.

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