Waynesboro's landmarks preserved in watercolors

December 04, 2005|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A series of nostalgic fine art prints of Waynesboro landmarks has been revived, and their sale will help preserve those historic buildings.

The Waynesboro Historical Society displayed the prints Saturday as members decorated the society's headquarters, the Oller House, for Christmas.

While browsing in the Greencastle (Pa.) Antique Mall, board member Steve Monn spotted a watercolor print of Waynesboro Borough Hall. He liked the piece, but left without purchasing it. When he returned later, he discovered it had been sold.

Remembering the Gray's Watercolors label on the back, he searched the Internet and found that the company still was in business in Bethlehem, Pa., and offered high-quality laser prints of the original artwork.


Watercolor prints of landmarks throughout the United States had been produced by Gray's in the 1960s and 1970s, and sold to banks and other businesses as VIP gifts and promotions. Some have become collectibles.

Five of the local prints have not been offered for 30 years; the Historical Society arranged for six additional new prints.

Although all are signed Peter Gray or Allan Gray, those are fictitious names; several artists had a hand in creating the series, society volunteer Penny Goldstein said.

The society is the exclusive distributor of the art company's prints of Waynesboro landmarks.

The sites depicted are the Waynesboro Historical Society's Oller House headquarters, Borough Hall, Harbaugh Church, Welty Bridge, Zullinger School, D.M. Welty Mill, Royer-Nicodemus House, Waynesboro Center Square, Bourns Cabin, Borough Hall and two views of the Tollgate House - one modern and one from the 1920s. All still are standing except the D.M. Welty Mill, which was at the southern end of Waynesboro.

The Historical Society owns four of the properties - the Oller House, Zullinger School, Welty Bridge and Harbaugh Church. Funds raised from the sale of the prints will go toward maintaining and restoring those structures.

Prices for the prints range from $39.95 to $79.95, depending on size, matting and framing. Pennsylvania sales tax and shipping and handling charges are added to each order. For Christmas delivery, orders must be in by Dec. 16.

The prints will be on display and may be ordered at the society's annual Christmas Open House Dec. 9, 10, 17 and 18. Toy trains will be running on the first floor of the Oller House, organizers said, with the second floor having a display of die-cut cast Thomas the Tank Engines. Wooden Thomas the Tank trains will be on the third floor.

If you go

What: Christmas Open House

When: Friday, Dec. 9. from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Waynesboro Historical Society, 138 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

For more information, call 717-762-1747.

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