Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail issues Christmas ornament

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

No matter what the theme of your Christmas tree, there is always room for one more very special ornament that has great meaning to you and your community. The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail is offering a special ornament for the ninth consecutive year.

“Every year, our committee makes a Christmas ornament of one of the sites,” Bill Tipton of the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail said. “This is our ninth year and this year it’s the Elks Country Club (and) Golf Course.”

The Elks Country Club and Golf Course near McDermott, Ohio, is an 18-hole semi-private golf course that was designed by the legendary golf course designer and World Golf Hall Fame member Donald J. Ross. The course opened in 1924.

“They’re all available around the community at several different places – the Welcome Center, Market Street Hardware, Market Street Cafe, down at the Shawnee Dairy Bar, and there (are) other places,” Tipton said.

The Elks Country Club ornament is available for $15, and can also be obtained by calling Debbie at 740-821-0999 or Bill at 740-357-2070 or from any other Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail Committee member.

If you have just decided to begin collecting the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail ornaments, you’ll be glad to know there is still a limited supply of all of the ornaments that have been issued over the years.

“All nine are still available,” Tipton said. “But we are running really, really low on some of them. So if you have any interest in them, that would be a good place to go, down at the Welcome Center. If you haven’t collected any before, you can still get all nine, so you can bring your collection up to date.”

Tipton said the money from the ornament sales helps defray the cost of the driving map issued by the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, and the development of a DVD that allows you to take a virtual tour of the different sites in the county. The money also goes to the production of an interpretive sign that is placed at each site.

“Even thought it’s called the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail it’s not funded through the county,” Tipton said. “We’re just a 501(c)(3).”

Established in 2007 and located in Scioto County in South Central Ohio the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail offers those who travel its over 84-miles a journey through the rugged, heavily wooded Appalachian hill country and through an area rich in history, full of river lore and native American influences.

“We’re the people that go around the community and find the historic and picturesque spots and then let the community know about them,” Tipton said. “We have the driving maps so people can go around and visit all of these various spots.”

Currently containing 41 points of interest the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail enables the traveler the opportunity to capture the full flavor of the region and experience the varied topography and natural beauty of the area.

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.